Curator #222: Xavier Abad


Dear all,

My name is Xavier Abad Morejón de Girón (Twitter: @XavierAbadMdG; Instagram: and I will be the curator of @CatalanVoices this week (from Monday June 19 to Sunday June 25). Indeed, it’s a pleasure to participate on Catalan Voices.

I was born more than 50 years ago in the town of Barcelona, in the downtown, back de City Hall building, and this half a century only has moved my foot one kilometre away, to the Poble Sec neighbourhood.

I am Laboratory Manager and Biosafety Officer in a High Biosafety Level facility, CReSA (, Centre de Recerca en Sanitat Animal, from IRTA, Institut de Recerca i Tecnologies Agroalimentàries. So, I have to take care of the facility, our bad bugs (the pathogens) and the good bugs (ourselves). Obviously, my academic background is in Biology (PhD degree on environmental virus persistence at Universitat de Barcelona, 1994) and specifically in Microbiology and more in deep in virology. I also did a Post-Graduate in Quality at Laboratories (Les Heures, Universitat de Barcelona) and few years ago a Master in Leadership in Science and Innovation (by the Barcelona School of Management & Universitat Pompeu Fabra). My research interests concentrate on persistence of animal and human viruses in the environment, with particular attention to water, fomites and foods, and the inactivation and removal procedures for assuring the viral safety of blood derivatives, cosmetics and foods, and, also, how to render samples or materials non-infectious previously its exit from a biocontainment unit. Biocontainment and biosafety issues in microbiological research laboratories, among others, and the relationship of such issues with quality tools and frames are also focus of my interest. Although right now I’m not producing a lot of scientific papers some time ago I used to do it (see Research Gate

Beside my professional background, my personal interests are diverse…and quite disperse. I love reading, but it’s quite difficult to get the time for it. I also love drawing, listening music, travelling, bird watching, cinema, to enjoy good meals and tasting wines and bears with friends, my partner…or alone. In fact, I’m deeply expert in go inside my “nothing box” for a while. And I also love to communicate to open public virology, public health and biosafety issues (in Catalan, Spanish and English) through CReSA & the city blog (

As a curator of Catalan Voices I will be tweeting about my passions: virology, biosafety, biosecurity, and Catalan politics, and my daily life in Barcelona. You can also visit my blog (but it is exclusively in Catalan language) where such stuffs are discussed more in deep in plain words:

I hope you have a good week!!



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