Dr. Clara Reino-Sanchez

Contact / Address:

Phone: +49 (0) 341 235 1412

Office: Building 1.0, Room 116


Curriculum Vitae

2021 - Present Present Marie Curie Individual Fellowship (RESPIMMOX Project), UFZ
2019 – 2021 Visiting Postdoc Galician Government Fellowship, UFZ
2018 – 2019 Project Engineer in private sector, Barcelona, Spain
2016 – 2017 Research Fellow, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain
2013 - 2016 PhD in Environmental Science and Technology, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain
2012 - 2013 MSc in Environmental Studies, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain
2006 - 2012 Bachelor of Chemical Engineering, University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain


My past research was focused on the achievement of stable partial nitritation and anammox processes when treating urban wastewater at low temperatures. The main challenges I faced were (i) to enhance the growth of ammonia-oxidizing bacteria in detriment of nitrite-oxidizing bacteria and (ii) to maximize the activity of anammox bacteria, at such conditions. To understand the role, interactions and main characteristics of these microorganisms was of paramount importance to achieve a successful operation of the bioreactors. Nowadays, I’m deeply interested in gaining understanding in microorganisms that have an important role in bioprocesses. By understanding their physiology and biochemistry, not just bioprocesses can be improved, but also key mechanisms occurring in nature can be unraveled. My current work is focused on biochemical and physiological characterization of anammox bacteria.


1. Reino, C., Carrera, J., (2021). Impact of the nitrifying community dynamics on the partial nitritation process performed by an AOB-enriched culture in a granular sludge airlift reactor. J. Environ. Chem. Eng. 9. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jece.2021.106691

2. Lin, Y., Reino, C., Carrera, J., Pérez, J., van Loosdrecht, M.C.M. (2018): Glycosylated amyloid‐like proteins in the structural extracellular polymers of aerobic granular sludge enriched with ammonium‐oxidizing bacteria. MicrobiologyOpen. e616. https://doi.org/10.1002/mbo3.616

3. Reino, C.*, Suárez Ojeda, M.E., Pérez, J., Carrera, J. (2018): Stable long-term operation of an upflow anammox sludge bed reactor at mainstream conditions. Water Research. 128, 331-340. 01/01/2018. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.watres.2017.10.058

4. Reino, C.*, van Loosdrecht, M.C.M, Carrera, J. Pérez, J. (2017): Effect of temperature on N2O emissions from a highly enriched nitrifying granular sludge performing partial nitritation of a low-strength wastewater. Chemosphere. 185, 336-343. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chemosphere.2017.07.017

5. Reino, C.*, Carrera, J. (2017): Low-strength wastewater treatment in an anammox UASB reactor: Effect of the liquid upflow velocity. Chemical Engineering Journal, 313, 217–225. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cej.2016.12.051

6. Reino, C., Suárez-Ojeda, M.E., Pérez, J., Carrera, J. (2016): Kinetic and microbiological characterization of aerobic granules performing partial nitritation of a low-strength wastewater at 10 °C. Water Research. 101, 147–156. doi:10.1016/j.watres.2016.05.059

7. Isanta, E., Reino, C., Carrera, J., Pérez, J. (2015). Stable partial nitritation for low-strength wastewater at low temperature in an aerobic granular reactor. Water Research. 80, 149–58. doi:10.1016/j.watres.2015.04.028