Who are we?

The Midwest is a 12-state region (North Dakota, South Dakota, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin) located in the central United States. With an economy traditionally based on agriculture (mainly corn and soybeans) and livestock, it is also one of the economic references in the world (Chicago), and in recent years it has become a place for Research and Development.

The Midwest is home to internationally renowned universities such as the University of Chicago, the University of Illinois and Northwesten University (in Illinois), Indiana University, the University of Minnesota, the University of Missouri, Ohio State University and the University of Wisconsin among others. The Midwest is also home to leading research centers such as the Mayo Clinic (Minnesota), the Midwest Stell Cell Therapy Center (Kansas), Argonne National Laboratory (Illinois) and the Midwest Clinical Research Center (Missouri). This region is also home to the well-known Silicon Prairie, where in recent years important companies dedicated to the development of computer supports such as EPIC (Wisconsin), Packet Digital or Microsoft (North Dakota) have settled. Due to the size of this region, one of the main goals of ECUSA-Midwest is the creation of a network of Spanish scientists in the Midwest that facilitates interaction and makes their work more visible.

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What do we do?

We organize events and promote networking between ECUSA members. We look forward to seeing you at all of our events, which will be posted on this Midwest Chapter page and on ECUSA’s social media accounts.

Chapter Board


Marta Guerrero


Industrial Engineering from the Universidad Carlos III of Madrid. Master’s Degree in Industrial Engineering from the Universidad Politecnica of Madrid. Master’s degree in Materials Science and Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology. I am currently an Associate Engineer at the Gas Technology Institute, doing my part to secure the future of energy.

Jose L. Martínez Marín


PhD student in Applied Physics specialized in Particle Accelerators with experience in Data Science. Grade in Industrial Engineering specialising in nuclear energy from the Universidad Politecnica of Madrid. He is currently working at Argonne National Laboratory designing and simulating a new polarized particle collider. In addition, he is involved in several artificial intelligence projects both in the public and private sector.

Araceli Valverde Estepa

Secretary | Career Development

Araceli Maria Valverde Estepa (born in Córdoba in 1981) studied Biology at the University of Córdoba, Spain. After completing her degree, she joined the research group “New therapies in cancer” at the Maimónides Institute for Biomedical Research in Córdoba, IMIBIC/Hospital Reina Sofía / University of Córdoba, Spain to study the role of the combined inhibition of EGFR and COX-2 in colorectal cancer, the cellular and molecular mechanisms involved and the therapeutic implications. Araceli obtained her PhD in 2016 in Molecular Biology in Cancer from the University of Córdoba and she moved to the University of Illinois at Chicago (Chicago, USA) for her postdoctoral training in the laboratory of Dr. Afsar Naqvi. Currently, she is a Research Assistant Professor at the UIC and her main project is based on the characterization of the role of cellular and viral micro-RNAs in immune responses and host-pathogen interaction.

Noemí Arias Rueda

Midwest Communication Director


Noemí is a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Saint Louis University, Saint Louis, Missouri. Noemí focuses on understanding the mechanisms of how fat accumulates and distributes in the body to find therapeutic targets to treat metabolic disorders such as obesity, fatty liver disease, or cardiovascular disease. Noemí graduated in Pharmacy at the University of the Basque Country. She also completed a Master in Nutrition and Health followed by a Ph.D. in the Department of Pharmacy and Food Science at the same University. During her pre-doctoral stage, Noemí spent 6-months at the University of Stockholm, Sweden, to complete her international Ph.D. studies. Shortly after defending her thesis, Noemí moved to the US with a postdoctoral fellowship from the Basque Government. Noemí collaborates in the E-visibility program and ECUSA communication, increasing the dissemination of scientific projects made by Spanish scientists.

Ignacio García Gómez


Research Assistant Professor en Northwestern University. He did his doctoral thesis at the Ramon y Cajal University Hospital and worked as a Post-Doc in the Cell Therapy Laboratory of the University Hospital of La Paz in Madrid. In 2011 he moved to the US thanks to a Ramon Areces Foundation grant to start working at the University of Illinois, Chicago. He is currently Research Assistant Professor at Northwestern University studying the development and differentiation mechanisms of inner hair cells and outer hair cells in the inner ear.



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