Home » People


We work to provide research solutions




  •  Luis Cumbal, Ph.D.

He studied Mechanical Engineering at the Polytechnic School of Army, Quito, Ecuador. He earned his Ph.D. degree from Lehigh University, located in Bethlenhem, Pennsylvania, United States. His research is oriented to the development of physico-chemical processes, nanostructured materials and nanotechnological applications for the treatment of water and wastewater and remediation of contaminated soils. Currently, he is the director of the Center of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (CENCINAT) and he is teaching at the Life Sciences and Energy and Mechanics Departments, both at the Army University – ESPE.

E-Mail: lhcumbal@espe.edu.ec




  • Alexis Debut, Ph.D.

He completed his Ph.D. at the age of 25 years at the Lille University of Science and Technology, France. He worked during several years in a research group of an international optical fiber company in Italy. He has been the head of the Nanomaterials Characterization Laboratory of the Center of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (CENCINAT) at the Army University-ESPE. Currently he is the Academic Director of the Postgraduate Center of the University. He has published more than 70 scientific articles, patents and conference papers at international and nacional levels. His expertise areas are the fabrication and characterization of nanomaterials.

  E-Mail: apdebut@espe.edu.ec

  • Andrés Izquierdo, Ph.D.

He received the title of Biotechnology Engineer from the Army Polytechnic School – ESPE in 2007. He completed a Master in Environmental Polution and Toxicology at the University of the Basque Country, Bilbao, Spain. In 2013 he completed a Master in Advanced Microbiology at the University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain, where he earned his Ph.D. degree in Environmental Microbiology and Biotechnology in 2014. His scientific interest is the Biotechnology specially the environmental area. He works in the bioremediation of soils contaminated with hydrocarbons, the application of nanoparticles to remediate contaminated environments, molecular biology and microbiology techniques, microbial biodiversity and extreme environments.

E-Mail: arizquierdo@espe.edu.ec

  • Marbel Torres, Ph.D.

She received her Doctorate degree in Biochemistry and Pharmacy from Cuenca University, Ecuador.  She obtained a Master’s degree in Infectious Diseases 2008 France, and earned her Ph.D. degree in Immunology at Françoise Rabelais University, in Tours, France 2013. Then, she realized a scientific stay at the Medical School of Massachusetts University, in Worcester, United States. Currently she works as a professor and researcher at the Army University-ESPE. Her research interests are focused on the study of the immune system, inflammation, cell signaling in vitro and ex vivo in the search for new strategies for developing new medicines and active ingredients, animal testing models related to nanomedicine.

  E-Mail: mmtorres@espe.edu.ec

  • Marcelo Grijalva, Ph.D.

marceloPerfilHe received his Doctorate degree in Medicine from the Central University of Ecuador and his Ph.D. degree in Molecular Biology from Masaryk University, located in Brno, Czech Republic. After several years working in the area of medical molecular diagnosis, he returned to the academia as full-time professor in 2014. In his lab at the Center of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology at the Army University- ESPE, Dr. Grijalva and his team are studying the cell responses to nanostructures by using prokariotic and eukariotic cell models.

    E-Mail: rmgrijalva@espe.edu.ec

  • Yolanda Angulo, Ph.D.

She received the title of Physicist in 2007 from the National Polytechnic School of Ecuador where she specialized in optical characterization techniques. She earned her Ph.D. degree from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro in 2012, where she specialized in the growing and characterization of thin films and the fabrication of organic and hibrid devices. Since 2012 she works as a professor and researcher at the Army University-ESPE, and she is member of the Center of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (CENCINAT) and Optics and Photonics Society of Ecuador (SOFE). She collaborates with different research groups to investigate advanced materials, nanobiology and nanomedicine.

E-Mail:  yrangulo@espe.edu.ec

  • Rachid Seqqat, Ph.D.

He studied Biology at the Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah University, Fez, Marocco. He holds a Master’s in Physiology and Pharmacology and a Ph.D. degree in Nephrology, both from the University of Mons, Mons, Belgium. He completed two postdoctoral research fellowships in United States at the Cardiovascular Research Center, Department of Physiology, at Temple University, in Philadelphia, and at the Cardiovascular Institute of Texas A&M, Health Science Center, in Texas. After that he worked as a researcher at the Cardiovascular Research Center, in California University, San Francisco, United States. Currently he is profesor and researcher at the Center of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (CENCINAT) at the Army University – ESPE.

    E-Mail:  rseqqat@espe.edu.ec

  • Vicente Delgado, Ph.D.

He holds a Master’s degree in Analytical Chemistry, graduated in the University of Havana-Cuba under the direction of Dr. Yoanna Álvarez Guinarte and received the title of Dr. in Pure Chemistry at the Central University of Ecuador. He is professor and researcher at the Army University-ESPE and member of the Center of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (CENCINAT). His research interests are focused in the synthesis of nanocomposites and polymers made of Sulfur, Carbon, Copper and Silver, seeking to develop new materials for agricultural and industrial applications.

  E-Mail:  vadelgado@espe.edu.ec

  • Vladimir Aguirre, Ph.D.

He studied at the Politehnica University of Bucharest, Romania, where he earned the title of Industrial Chemical Engineer and following his Ph.D. degree in Organic Chemistry Engineering. Shortly after he started to work as a professor and researcher at the Army University-ESPE. His teaching activities have been focused on General, Applied and Analitical Chemistry. Since 2003 he has developed research projects and he has published scientific papers in subjects related to the conservation of the environment, petrochemistry and nanotechnology. Currently he conducts research for the application of nanopesticides for the mitigation of pathogenic agents present in the crops.

  E-Mail:  vaaguirre@espe.edu.ec

  • Carlos Arroyo, Ph.D.

He studied Physics at the Autonomous University of Madrid, Madrid, Spain, where he earned his Ph.D. degree in 2010 working under the supervision of Prof. Nicolás Agrait. He completed two postdoctoral research fellowships at TUDelft, Delft, The Netherlands and at Columbia University, New York, United States, working with Prof. Herre van der Zant and Prof. Latha Venkataraman, respectively. Since june 2015 he works as a professor and researcher at the CENCINAT. His scientific interests are focused on the study of electronic, magnetic, mechanical and optical properties of nanoestructures, seeking to establish the needed knowledge for the development of technological applications.

  E-Mail:  ccarroyo@espe.edu.ec

  • Dario Bolaños, Ph.D.


He is Civil Engineer, Master in Environmental and Natural Resources, Magister in Building Management and Ph.D. in Environmental and Natural Resources. He specialized in the design, formulation, fabrication and use of Tecnosoles as recovery or remediation tools for soils and contaminated water. He develops the concept of Tecnosoloes “a la carte” by raising solutions for contamination problems and/or degradation of soils and aquatic systems, by adressing them from the design of an specific type of Tecnosol. Also looking for the successful application and avoiding the risk of mobility and/or increase of bioavailability of chemical elements such as Al, As, Se, Ni, Cu, Mn, Sb, etc.

  E-Mail:  drbolanios@espe.edu.ec

  • Mauricio González, Ph.D.


He earned his Ph.D. in Plant Biomechanics and Applied Biomimetics from the School of Sciences and Engineering, at Griffith University, located in Queensland, Australia. Currently he is the Director of the Postgraduate Center of the Army University-ESPE. He has an extensive experience in multidisciplinary research areas that span biology, mechanics of biomaterials, structural analysis, computational programming and modelling. He is autor of serveral publications related to the structure/function relationships in palms. Currently he study polymeric nanostructures made of coconut veneer dust and latex, as alternative for building applications.

  E-Mail:  omgonzalez@espe.edu.ec


  • Tlga. Dorys Rosero

cv1 Secretary E-Mail:  derosero@espe.edu.ec

  • Ing. Karla Vizuete

Laboratory Technician E-Mail:  ksvizuete@espe.edu.ec

  • Ing. Carina Stael

Carina_stael_cropLaboratory Technician E-Mail:  castael.edu.ec

  • Ing. Lizeth Salazar

Lizeth Salazar2 Laboratory Technician E-Mail:  lasalazar@espe.edu.ec  


  • Ligia Ayala, Ph.D.  

ligia E-Mail: palia05@yahoo.com

  • Brajesh Kumar, Ph.D.

Brajes E-Mail: krmbraj@gmail.com