Benjamí Oller-Salvia

Research Associate and Supervisor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology (MRC-LMB)
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Dr. Oller-Salvia has given 2 invited lectures and has presented his work in over 10 international events.

Main research experience:

  • 2017 - 2017   EMBO Postdoctoral Fellow at Prof. Jason Chin’s laboratory (MRC-LMB)
  • 2016 - 2017   MRC Postdoctoral Scientist at Prof. Jason Chin’s laboratory (MRC-LMB)
  • 2012 - 2015   PhD candidate under Prof. Ernest Giralt’s and Dr. Meritxell Teixidó’s supervision (IRB Barcelona)
  • 2012 - 2015   Research stage in Prof. Kai Johnsson’s laboratory at EPFL
  • 2010 - 2012   MSc student in Prof. Ernest Giralt’s laboratory (IRB Barcelona)
  • 2009 - 2010   Internship at IQS-URL in Prof. Salvador Borrós laboratory.
  • 2009 - 2010   Internship at MIT under the supervision of Prof. Mercedes Balcells and Prof. Elazer Edelman.
Research Interests: 
  • Peptide and protein therapeutics, drug delivery, site-specific modification of biomolecules.
  • PhD in Organic Chemistry (2015) University of Barcelona
  • MSc in Organic Chemistry (2012) University of Barcelona
  • 5-year University Degree (“licenciatura”) in Chemistry (2010) IQS School of Engineering – Ramon Llull University (IQS-URL)
  • 2016   EMBO long-term fellowship
  • 2016   Ramon Margalef award for the best article derived from a PhD thesis presented at the University of Barcelona
  • 2016   PhD extraordinary prize for the PhD thesis
  • 2015   Pioner prize for the originality and translational value of the PhD thesis - CERCA
  • 2015   PhD thesis - cum laude with an international mention
  • 2014   Award for the best talk at the 1st IRB PhD student retreat
  • 2014   Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds travel grant
  • 2010   2015   “La Caixa”-IRB International fellowship
  • 2010   5-year University Degree (“licenciatura”) at IQS: first in class - Valedictorian
  • 2006   2010   Scholarship for Academic Excellency Francesc Castelló i Aleu
  • 2005   Tenth best university entry exam in Catalonia (23685 candidates) and extraordinary high school award – Generalitat de Catalunya
  • 2005   CIRIT award for the final high school research project – Generalitat de Catalunya
  1. Oller-Salvia, B.; Sánchez-Navarro M.; Giralt, E.; Teixidó, M. BBB-shuttle peptides: an emerging paradigm for brain delivery.  Chemical Society Reviews. 2016, 45, 4690-4707.
  2. Oller-Salvia, B.; Sánchez-Navarro, M.; Ciudad, S.; Guiu, S.; Arranz-Gibert, P.; Garcia, C.; Gomis, R.; Cecchelli, R.; Garcia, J.; Giralt, E.; Teixidó, M. MiniAp-4: a venom-inspired peptidomimetic for brain delivery. Angewandte Chemie International Edition. 2016, 55, 572-575.
  3. Prades, R.; Oller-Salvia, B.; Schwarzmaier, M. S.; Selva, J.; Moros, M.; Balbi, M.; Grazú, V.; de la Fuente, J. M.; Egea, G.; Plesnila, N.; Teixidó, M.; Giralt, E. Jumping hurdles: revisiting the retro-enantio approach to obtain a peptide able to overcome the blood-brain barrier. Angewandte Chemie International Edition. 2015, 54, 3967-3972.

Full updated list of publications

Patent application:

  1. E. Giralt; M. Teixidó; B. Oller. Actively transported and protease-resistant peptides as BBB shuttles and shuttle-cargo constructs. PCT/EP2014/064173. WO 2015/001015 A1. IRB Barcelona & University of Barcelona.