Gerardo F. Goya

Dr. Gerardo F. Goya (Argentina, April 1964) completed his PhD degree at the University of La Plata and Centro Atómico Bariloche, Argentina. During 2001-2007 Prof. Goya has been Associate Professor at the Institute of Physics, University of Sao Paulo (Brazil), where he created and managed the mechanochemistry laboratory at the Materials Physics Department (DFMT). Dr. Goya is currently Associate Professor at the University of Zaragoza, Spain, where he joined the Institute of Nanoscience of Aragón (INA) in 2005 to start and consolidate a new research line on nanomagnetism and biomedical applications of magnetic nanoparticles, mainly magnetic hyperthermia. The achievements in this period include new methods of synthesis of magnetic NPs with improved control of size and magnetic properties, and the successful proof of principle of a ‘Trojan Horse strategy’ for oncology, by inducing cell death with magnetic hyperthermia in dendritic-cell primary cultures.  In addition, the group has developed several studies of different biological agents as models of interaction with magnetic particles. Prof. Goya led the design, development and building of a unique equipment for measuring power absorption in magnetic hyperthermia. This was a pioneer system with many technological improvements designed to make a fully automatic measuring system. The innovation of these activities made the basis for a spin off company from the University of Zaragoza, of which he is co-founder and scientific advisor. He has more than 150 international publications (h-index=36) with more than 5000 citations, 2 PCT patents and more than 120 conference presentations including more than 40 invited talks. His work has established an internationally recognized research group in biomedical applications of magnetic nanoparticles, composed of engineers, biologists, chemists, and physicists. In collaboration with top-level parasitologists, immunologists and medical doctors, the group has managed to consolidate a common platform in biomedicine, which is reflected in the coordination of highly innovative multinational projects.