Who are we?

Boston is a great center of innovation and education in the US and with a very large Spanish Scientists and engineers community. The ECUSA Boston Chapter is the meeting place for Spanish scientists living or working here. It was constituted as such in October 2014 and brings together a group of professionals related to science and technology committed to the organization’s mission.

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What do we do?

We organize events and promote networking between ECUSA members. We look forward to seeing you in all of our events, which will be posted on this webpage and on our social networks profiles.

Chapter Board

Carlos Merino

Carlos A. Merino


Civil Engineer from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and Masters in Civil / Structural Engineering from Saint Louis University. Professional Engineer with +5 years of experience specializing in transportation infrastructure projects. He works as a Structural / Bridge Engineer at CDR Maguire Inc. in Boston, MA.

David Ramiro


Research Fellow in the Department of Medicine, Department of Gastroenterology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical School. Currently working on nutrition in premature babies, the prevention of neonatal pathology through breastfeeding, and the description of bioactive compounds in breast milk to improve formulas and dietary supplements. Doctor in Pharmacology and Physiology from the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid.

Fran Hermida


Francisco Hermida has a degree in Biology and a PhD in Biomedicine and Molecular Oncology from the University of Oviedo. He is currently working as a postdoctoral researcher at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, where he is studying new treatments for breast cancer. Fran has been actively involved with the ECUSA Boston chapter since 2018 and is responsible for treasury and the Advisory program.

Ada Vernet-Crua


Ada Vernet-Crua is a PhD student in Thomas J. Webster’s nanomedicine lab at Northeastern University (Boston, MA). Prior to his arrival at Northeastern, she earned her Master’s degree in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology at Rovira i Virgili University (2018, Tarragona, Spain) where she also earned her Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry in 2017. During her PhD, Ada’s mission is to find a solution to current problems in orthopaedics such as infections and bone cancer, using nanomaterials that have little impact on the environment.


Cristina Sastre Reyero


She studied biology at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and did her internship at the assisted reproduction unit of the Hospital Universitari Vall d’Hebron. After graduating she moved to Madrid where she took a Master’s degree in molecular biomedicine at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and then began her doctoral studies at the Vascular Pathology Laboratory of the Instituto de Investigaciones Sanitarias of the Fundación Jiménez Díaz with a thesis on the inflammation of atherosclerotic plaque. In February 2016 she moved to Boston to start as a Postdoctoral Fellow in Dr. W. Taylor Kimberly’s neurology lab at Massachusetts General Hospital to investigate mechanisms of inflammation in stroke.

Carlos Merino

Carlos Alberto Merino


Civil and Territorial Engineer by the Polytechnic University of Madrid (ETSICCP-UPM) and Master in Civil Structural Engineering by the University of St. Louis (St. Louis University) (Parks College -SLU). He is currently working as a Structural Engineer in Boston and also got research and teaching experience while he was pursuing his graduate degree in St. Louis, Missouri.

Marina Martínez

Career Development & Advisory

Marina is a postdoctoral researcher at Harvard Medical School where she studies the mechanisms for a correct segregation of chromosomes in sexual reproduction, which avoid infertility problems, birth defects, tumorogenesis… Marina is involved in making scientific information more accessible to the population and contributing to the scientific community of Spaniards in the USA. She graduated in Biology at the Complutense University of Madrid, Master in Genetics and Cell Biology (UAM, UCM, UAH), and PhD from the University of Birmingham (UK).

Rocío Fuente


Rocío Fuente Pérez has a degree in biology, a master’s degree in cancer and biomedicine and a PhD in paediatric nephrology. As part of her PhD program, she worked at the Welcome Trust Sanger Institute (Mouse genomics laboratory). She is currently a postdoctoral researcher at Harvard University with a Marie Curie European Fellowship to study the use of stem cells in the regeneration of cartilage disorders. She is currently an active collaborator in the ECUSA association as the person in charge of MECUSA (Women and Science) and Mentoring programs in Boston.


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