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Catedrático Universidad

  • Department: CIENCIAS
  • Area: Fisiología Vegetal
  • e-mail: cesaraiATunavarra.es
  • Phone number: (+34) 948 16 9119 (ext. 9119)


B. Sc. 1980-85. Biological Sciences. University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU). Bilbao. Spain

M. Sc. 1985. Purification and properties of the photosystem I of the thermophilic cianobacteria Phormidium laminosum, with the maximum qualification. UPV/EHU.

Ph. D. 1990. Involvement of nitrate and oxygen on lucerne nitrogen fixation, with the maximum qualification (cum laude). Extraordinary doctorate award. UPV/EHU. Bilbao.


1991. Visiting researcher (post-doctoral fellowship funded by the Spanish Ministry of Education and Science). Dept. Cell Biology. Institute for Grassland and Environmental Research. Aberystwyth, Great Britain.

1991-2000. Associate Professor of Plant Physiology. Depts. Agronomy and Environmental Sciences. Public University of Navarra. Pamplona, Spain.

2001- Full Professor of Plant Physiology. Dept. Environmental Sciences. UPNa

2002/3. Head of Department. Dept. Environmental Sciences. UPNa

2003. Visiting Professor. Universidad de La Plata (Argentina)

2003-07. Vice-Chancellor for Research. UPNa.

2007-08. Visiting Scientist. Dept. Agronomy. University of Florida. USA.

2010- Academic Director. Master in Environmental Agrobiology. UPNa. Quality label of the Spanish Ministry of Education

2012- Member of the Academic Committee. Ph. D. Programme in Environmental Agrobiology. UPNa /UPV. Excellence label of the Spanish Ministry of Education


Biology. Plant Physiology. Advanced Plant Physiology. Nitrogen fixation.

Recognition of six five-annual teaching periods (quinquenios): 1986-2015


63 papers in high-impact international journals (ISI) of Plant Sciences and Agronomy (>1670 citations; h = 23, WoS, Core Collection). Two of them have been ranked among the 1% highly cited papers, according to Essential Science Indicators. Other 52 different contributions (chapters of books in Spanish, French and English, non-ISI publications, Proceedings, Internet contributions, etc…). 1 patent. Editor of two books (in Spanish). Supervisor of 8 Ph D Thesis (other 3 in progress). 24 funded research projects (at national and international level, 10 of them as the researcher leader). From 2015, he is the Director of Research of the Plant Physiology and Agrobiology Group at the Public University of Navarra (see full information)

Full list of publications and scientific impact at Research ID: http://www.researcherid.com/rid/C-3608-2008 and ORCID http://orcid.org/0000-0002-2195-4458

Invited speaker, chairman of sessions, member of scientific and organising committees at national and international scientific conferences (more than 200 participations). Invited lectures in Aberystwyth (Great Britain); Institute des Sciences Végétales, CNRS, Gif-sur-Yvette (France); Universidad Nacional de La Plata (Argentina); University of Florida (US); Washington State University (US), Instituto de Biotecnología (UNAM, Cuernavaca, Mexico) among others.

Recognition of five six-annual research periods (sexenios): 1986-2015

Other academic duties

1994-96. Academic Secretary. Dept. Environmental Sciences. Public University of Navarra.

1996-2007. Member of the Advisory Committee for Research. Public University of Navarra .

1999. Responsible for international exchanges of Visiting Professors in the Latin American Area.

1999-03 Responsible for student exchange, within the Erasmus Programme, with the Universities of Reading (UK) and Göttingen (Germany).

2001-03 Responsible for the Degree An Introduction to Science and Technology for Social Sciences Students.

2003-07. Chairman of the Board for Doctoral Studies. Public University of Navarra.

2005-7. Chairman of the Ethics, Animal experimentation and Biosafety. Public University of Navarra.

2006-07. Co-chairman of the Board for Post-Graduate Studies. Public University of Navarra.

2006-07. Member of the University Quality Assurance Board. Public University of Navarra.

Professional affiliations

Spanish Society of Nitrogen Fixation (executive Committee 1996-2001. 2014-). Spanish Society of Plant Physiology (executive Committee 2001-05). Federation of European Societies of Plant Biology (FESPB). Spanish Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB), among others.

Evaluation activities

Member of the Editorial Board of Environmental and Experimental Botany (2008-15).

Reviewer of more than 30 scientific journals, most of them within the first decile in Plant Sciences, Agronomy and Soil Science Subjects (JCR-ISI): Plant Physiology, Plant Cell and Environment, Journal of Experimental Botany, Plant and Soil or Soil Biology and Biochemistry (among others) or multidisciplinary journals, such as Scientific Reports or Current Biology.

Reviewer of funding agencies: Agencia Nacional de Evaluación y Prospectiva (ANEP, Spain), Fondo Nacional de Ciencia y Técnica de Argentina (FONCYT, Argentina), Fondo Clemente Estable (Uruguay), Agence National de la Recherche (France), National Research Foundation (South Africa), International Foundation for Science (IFS) and the United States-Israel BARD Fund.

Reviewer of Quality Assurance Agencies of the Spanish University System at the national (ANECA) and regional level (Andalucia, Galicia, Castilla-Leon, etc.). Member of the Advisory Board of the Agency for the Quality of the Basque University System (Unibasq) and its Ethics Commitee.

Member of the Spanish National Board for the Agriculture Funding Programme of the Spanish Ministry of Education and Science (2006, 2007, 2012).

Member of the Panel of the Ramón y Cajal and Juan de la Cierva Programmes (2014).

Member of 40 Ph D Panel Boards (Spain and France), one third as the Chairman of the Panel

Executive & Consulting Activities in Non-University Organizations

2003-07. Member of the Board of Trustees of the National Center for Renewable Energies (CENER-CIEMAT) and Technological Centres of Navarra (CETENASA) Foundations. Member of the Executive Committee of the Automotive Technological Center of Navarra (CITEAN) and Pamplona Convention Bureau.

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