Marta Pérez Villanueva


Marta Eugenia Pérez Villanueva
Doctoral Researcher

Working Group Microbial Interaction Ecology
Department of Environmental Microbiology
Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ
Permoserstr. 15, 04318 Leipzig, Germany

Phone +49 341 235-1376

Marta Pérez Villanueva

CV / Scientific Career

Since June 2021

Doctoral Researcher at Microbial Interaction Ecology Group

  • Project: Assessment of pesticides impact on microbial interactions and functions in a soil food-web context (Subproject of ARISTO Project)

Department of Environmental Microbiology,

Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ, Leipzig, Germany

2016 - 2021


Laboratory of Ecotoxicology / Laboratory of Isotopic Applications and Contaminants Metabolism

Research Center of Environmental Pollution (CICA). University of Costa Rica,  San José, Costa Rica

May - October 2017

Research Secondment

Department of Agricultural Development. Democritus University of Thrace, Orestiada, Greece

2015 - 2020

Master of Science

  • Thesis: "Oxytetracycline effects in a biopurification system: Removal of triazine and organophosphate pesticides and variation of related degradation genes"

Research Center of Environmental Pollution (CICA). University of Costa Rica, San José, Costa Rica

2009 - 2015

Bachelor of Science

  • Thesis: "Comparison of mecA presence and toxigenic profile on Staphylococcus aureus isolates from cheese and hospital environments"

Center for Research in Tropical Diseases (CIET). University of Costa Rica, San José, Costa Rica

Research interests

Microbial Ecology

Microbial interactions in the food-web (predator-prey systems)

Soil microorganisms (bacteria, protists, phages)

Ecotoxicology - Environmental pollution (pesticides, antibiotics, emergent pollutants)


Pérez-Villanueva, M. E., Chin-Pampillo, J. S., Aguilar-Mora, P., Guzmán, A. P., Masís-Mora, M., Arias-Mora, V., & Ramírez-Morales, D. (2021). An integrative water quality evaluation in two surface water bodies from a tropical agricultural region in Cartago, Costa Rica. Environ. Sci. Pollut. R., 1-13.

Rodríguez-Rodríguez, C. E., Matarrita, J., Herrero-Nogareda, L., Pérez-Rojas, G., Alpízar-Marín, M., Chinchilla-Soto, C., Pérez-Villanueva, M., Vega-Méndez, D. Masís-Mora, M., Cedergreen, N., & Carazo-Rojas, E. (2021). Environmental monitoring and risk assessment in a tropical Costa Rican catchment under the influence of melon and watermelon crop pesticides. Environ. Pollut., 117498.

Ramírez-Morales, D., Pérez-Villanueva, M., Chin-Pampillo, J.S., Aguilar-Mora, P., Arias-Mora, V., & Masís-Mora, M. (2021). Pesticide Occurrence and Water Quality Assessment from an Agriculturally Influenced Latin-American Tropical Region. Chemosphere, 262, 127851.

Chin-Pampillo, J. S., Alfaro-Vargas, A., Rojas, R., Giacomelli, C. E., Pérez-Villanueva, M., Chinchilla-Soto, C., Alcañiz J. M., & Domene, X. (2021). Widespread tropical agrowastes as novel feedstocks for biochar production: characterization and priority environmental uses. Biomass Conv. Bioref., 11, 1775-1785.

Chin-Pampillo, J.S., Pérez-Villanueva, M., Masís-Mora, M., Mora-Dittel, T., Carazo-Rojas, E., Alcañiz, J.M., Chinchilla-Soto, C., & Domene, X. (2021). Amendments with pyrolyzed agrowastes change bromacil and diuron's sorption and persistence in a tropical soil without modifying their environmental risk. Sci. Total Environ., 772, 145515.

Gikas, G., Pérez-Villanueva, M., Tsioras, M., Alexoudis, C., Pérez-Rojas, G., Masís-Mora, M., Lizano-Fallas, V., Rodríguez-Rodríguez, C., Vryzas, Z., & Tsihrintzis, V. (2018). Low-cost approaches for the removal of terbuthylazine from agricultural wastewater: Constructed wetlands and biopurification system. Chem. Eng. J. 335: 647-656.

Rodríguez-Castillo, G., Molina-Rodríguez, M., Pérez-Villanueva, M., Masís-Mora, M., & Rodríguez-Rodríguez, C. (2018). Removal of two neonicotinoid insecticides and mineralization of 14C-imidacloprid in biomixtures. B. Environ. Contam. Tox. 1-7.

Carazo-Rojas, E., Pérez-Rojas, G., Pérez-Villanueva, M., Chinchilla-Soto, C., Chin-Pampillo, J.S. Aguilar-Mora, P., Alpízar-Marín, M., Masis-Mora, M., Rodríguez-Rodríguez, C.E., & Vryzas, Z. (2018). Pesticide monitoring and ecotoxicological risk assessment in surface water bodies and sediments of a tropical agro-ecosystem. Environ. Pollut. 241: 800-809.

Castillo-González, H., Pérez-Villanueva, M., Masís-Mora, M., Castro-Gutiérrez, V., & Rodríguez-Rodríguez, CE. (2017). Antibiotics do not affect the degradation of fungicides and enhance the mineralization of chlorpyrifos in biomixtures. Ecotox. Environ. Safe. 139: 481-487.

Rodríguez-Rodríguez, CE., Madrigal-León, K., Masís-Mora, M., Pérez-Villanueva, M., & Chin-Pampillo, JS. (2017). Removal of carbamates and detoxification potential in a biomixture: Fungal bioaugmentation versus traditional use. Ecotox. Environ. Safe. 135: 252-258.