Short CV/Education and training

  • She got her PhD in Food Science and Technology from the University of Murcia in 2010, obtaining the highest score (Sobresaliente Cum laude for unanimity).

  • Her postdoctoral stage started with a research contract at VTT in Helsinki and continued with a competitive postdoctoral fellowship funded by the Spanish Government in the LABMET at the Ghent University. She completed her postdoctoral stage with a STSM from COST FA1202 at the AIT (Wien). She accumulated more than 34 months of postdoctoral experiences in top high international research institutions which enable the acquisition of new and highly relevant knowledge on metagenomics that together with her multidisciplinary background in microbiology and metabolomics represented the pillars for the development of her new research line at the CEBAS. She re-joined the CEBAS with a postdoctoral contract in 2014. Few months later, she achieved a Juan de la Cierva-Incorporación contract.

  • At this moment, she has a Doctor FC3 contract associated to a research project. In total, she has completed 35-months of postdoctoral.

  • Her research activities have resulted in 47 peer-reviewed papers, among which, 37 research papers published in SCI-indexed scientific journals, 1 research papers submitted to SCI-indexed scientific journals, 2 Acta Horticulturae and 8 book chapters in renowned international publishers (2 Elsevier, SEM, Springer, RDC Press, World Scientific, Nova Science Publishers and Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing Limited). A high ratio of SCI articles, 88%, have been published in top-ranked journals from the first quartile and 53 % in the first decile of the scientific areas of Food Science, Analytical Chemistry, Microbiology, and Water Source, with a privileged position of authorship in 77% of the publications (first or second author) and 17% as corresponding author. Her H-index is 17, accounting for over 895 citations.

  • She has 26 contributions in international and national conferences and meetings, including 4 as invited speaker and noting that 25 of them were in international congresses.

Selected publications

  • TRUCHADO, P.; GIL, M.I.; SUSLOW, T., ALLENDE, A. 2018. Impact of Chlorine Dioxide Sanitization of Irrigation Water on the Epiphytic Bacterial Community of Baby Spinach and Underlying Soil. PlosOne, 13, p.e0199291. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0199291.

  • TRUCHADO, P*.; GIL, M.I.; MORENO-CANDEL, M.; ALLENDE, A. 2019. Impact of Weather Conditions, Leaf Age and Irrigation Water Disinfection on the Major Epiphytic Bacterial Genera of Baby Spinach Grown in an Open Field. Food Microbiol. 78, 46-56. DOI: 10.1016/

  • TRUCHADO, P.; HERNANDEZ N; GIL, M.I.; IVANEK R.; ALLENDE, A. Correlation between E. coli Levels and the Presence of Foodborne Pathogens in Surface Irrigation Water: Establishment of a Sampling Program. 2018. Water Research, 128 , 226-233.

  • TRUCHADO, P*.; GIL, M.I.;LARROSA, M., M.; ALLENDE, A. 2020 Optimization of a Method Based on Cell Membrane Permeability to Detect Viable but Non-Culturable Bacteria in Process Wash Water: Industrial Validation. Frontiers Microbiol. 11, 673. DOI: 10.3389/fmicb.2019.03155.

  • RANDAZZO, W., TRUCHADO, P., CUEVAS-FERRANDO, E., SIMÓN, P., ALLENDE, A., SANCHEZ, G. SARS-CoV-2 RNA in wastewater anticipated COVID-19 occurrence in a low prevalence área. Water Research, 181, 115942.

Selected projects

  • Significance of Sanitizers on Induction of Viable But Non-Cultivable (VBNC) Bacteria and Their Survival and Resuscitation in Fresh Produce. Center for Produce Safety 2018 RFP, University of California, Davis. Principal Investigator: Dra. Ana Allende. Co- Principal Inv.: Dra. Pilar Truchado y Dra. M.I. Gil, 2019 – 2021

  • Identification of Quantitative and Qualitative Patterns of Environmental Contamination by L. monocytogenes in Different Fresh-Cut Processing Facilities and Evaluation of Practical Control Measures Able to Eliminate Episodic and Persistent Contamination.Center for Produce Safety 2020 RFP, University of California, Davis. Principal Investigator: Dra. Ana Allende. Co- Principal Inv.: Dra. Pilar Truchado. Quantía: 179558 €, 2021 – 2022

  • She has participated as part of the research team in a total of 14 competitive projects from different funds: 4 international, 2 European, 5 national and 2 regional. Currently, she is CO-PI of 1 international competitive project.

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Soft Skills

  • Project management, Independent thinking, Leadership skills


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