Departments in Phytoplant Research

Phytoplant Team Structure


Management and Quality Control

Shahram Bakhtari

Managing Director

Shahram Bakhtari has extensive experience in leading international companies in various industries. He has started his professional career as a lawyer working with an international law firm in Brussels and in Rotterdam. In the past six years he has worked as an executive in different European countries.

Shahram holds a master´s degree in law from Radboud University in the Netherlands and The University of Sydney in Australia. He also holds an executive MBA from Nyenrode Business Uninversiteit in the Netherlands and the Stellenbosch University in South Africa.

Mª Ángeles Pieri Barbado

Executive Assistant

Mª Angeles Pieri got her degree in Economics at Escuela Universitaria de Estudios Empresariales from Córdoba (ETEA). She has worked in the fields of accountancy and administration in several local companies, herein also managing the area of International Commerce. Since September 2016, she is a member of Phytoplant Research SL as accountant manager, collaborating with the research projects economic management.

Carmen Cabanillas Pedregosa

Executive Assistant

Carmen Cabanillas is an Administrative Technician with an experience of more than 10 years working in the area of Administration of different companies. Since November 2018, she has been working as an administrative assistant in the Phytoplant Research team, specifically in the Management Department, carrying out her own administration-accounting tasks, and collaborating in the management of economic justification of R+D+I projects.

Breeding and Cultivation

Dr. Verónica Codesido Sampedro

Manager of the Breeding and Cultivation Department

Verónica Codesido Sampedro is doctor in biology for the University of Vigo (2006). Her doctoral thesis was made in the Lourizán Forest Research Institute (CIFAL), being the aim of the thesis stablishing the radiata pine breeding program in Galicia. During her PhD, she had also the opportunity to collaborate with Dr. Dag Lindgren at SLU (Umea, Sweden) during few months to learn as much as possible about quantitative genetics, genetic gain, combining ability, etc. Thanks to all this work, several papers on important SCI journals were published as well as participation on several congresses, Workshops, seminars, etc. Simultaneously, she had the possibility to participate in an ambitious European Project titled TREEBREEDEX with more than 24 European research institutes all around Europe. She enjoyed a postdoctoral position (JAEdoc) in the Agrobiological Research Institute (CSIC) in Santiago de Compostela (Spain) on in Vitro culture and molecular biology of chestnut and oak, being the first that has identified a gene responsible of the root formation process as well as responsible of flowering structure on forest specie, publishing it on GeneBank databases. Later, she started to work at Aula Dei Research Institute in Zaragoza (Spain) in the sorghum breeding program for obtaining bioethanol for biodiesel production. She also was working in Al Zaidin Research Station in Granada in proteomics of horticultural species. Finally, she was working at the University of Cordoba on an interesting project about the use of biotechnology for improving olive breeding programs, using all the techniques learned before. She is referee of several international scientific journals of plant breeding.

Pilar Esquinas Obrero

Cultivation Assistant

Pilar started working at Phytoplant Research SL since 2013, performing tasks such as maintaining the hygienic conditions of all growing rooms to avoid possible contamination and diseases, and maintenance of plants in all stages of growth (pruning, cuttings, harvested, treatment of plant material, etc).

Alejandro Gil

Agricultural Engineer


Almudena Hernández

Agricultural Engineer

Responsible for research in the department of hybridization, dedicated to the agronomic management of the crop.

He joined Phytoplant S.L, in 2016, although he was already collaborating since 2012 within the agreement with the Research Center IFAPA Las Torres Tomejil.

He also has extensive experience in the sustainable management of water resources and fertilization in woody crops, as well as in the management of irrigation production systems in semi-arid conditions.


Dr. Verónica Sánchez de Medina Baena

Manager of the Extraction Department

Dr. Verónica Sánchez de Medina obtanied a degree in Chemistry from the University of Córdoba in 2001. He completed a master's degree in Engineering, Management and Environmental Audiences in 2003. She has worked for more than 6 years in a private company dedicated to formulation and manufacture of cosmetic products, as well as Quality Management. She completed her PhD regarding new studies on the improvement of olive oil and the use of residues from the olive grove, in the Department of Analytical Chemistry of the University of Córdoba, defending it in 2014. During the PhD, she has developed qualitative and quantitative analysis methods in Metabolomics, she has carried out the extraction and analysis of natural extracts metabolites, identifying markers in olive breeding programs and she has achieved the revaluation of waste from the agro-food industry through the isolation of bioactive components. She has published more than 10 articles in international scientific journals and has participated in different national and international congresses.

Dr. Guillermo Moreno-Sanz

R&D Formulation Manager

Guillermo has always been interested in the psycopharmacology of cannabis. My doctoral research lead to the discovery of a novel mechanism by which cannabinoids control the painful inputs arising from the nerve endings before reaching the spinal cord. Further, he characterized a new class of potent analgesic compounds that do not cross the blood-brain barrier. Currently, he is focused on providing R&D solutions for leading companies in the cannabis industry.

Analytical Chemistry

Dr. Carlos Ferreiro Vera

Manager of Analytical Chemistry Department

Dr. Ferreiro holds a degree in Chemistry from the University of Córdoba (in 2008), a Master degree in Advanced Chemistry Studies with specialization in Analytical Chemistry and a PhD focused on the development of new analytical platforms on metabolomic to search for new biomarkers in the Analytical Chemistry Department from Córdoba University (in 2011). In parallel, he has participated in public and private projects about the exploitation and utilization of residues in the agro-food industry to look for new nutraceuticals, colorants and high value-added products. Later, he worked in the Institute of Biomedicine of Córdoba Maimonides (IMIBIC). He has published several scientific articles, all of them published in high-rated peer reviewed scientific journals of his main area of expertise and, he has actively participated in nationals and internationals conferences through lectures, oral presentations and posters.

Technology and Control

Jesús Hidalgo García

Manager of Technology and Control Department

Jesús Hidalgo is an Industrial Technical Engineer with specialization in Electronics. He obtained his degree in the University of Cordoba (2014). He has extensive experience in the industrial sector. He is specialized in automation. He has designed, developed and implanted systems in industries as diverse as foundries, cement, renewable energy, agro-food, among others.

Currently, he specializes in the research and development of new automated systems for cultivation, irrigation, climate control and lighting, as well as monitoring and analysis of a large amount of data extracted from the activities developed by the company.

Antonio Tavera Alba

Engineer of Technology and Control Department

Antonio Tavera Alba is a Mechanical Engineer from University of Córdoba and Researcher Master in Industrial and Architectural Design from the same university. He is specialized in Industrial design and application of continuous improvement. He has worked as a development engineer in a R&D department in food industries and later as a process engineer in automotive industry. Currently and in parallel as Phytoplant worker, he is developing his PhD specialized in agricultural, food, forestry and sustainable rural development engineering from University of Córdoba.

Daniel Pérez Rodriguez

Telecommunication Engineer

Telecommunication Engineer from the University of Seville and MsC in Intelligent Systems from the University of Córdoba. He began his career in INGENIA, working as a systems administrator and later collaborating as research assistant in the Robotics, Vision and Control Group of the University of Seville. Since 2013, he has been responsible for the Wimasis data processing center, supporting biomedical researchers from all over the world and currently collaborating with Phytoplant Research SL and undertaking in Onimagin Technologies SCA applying Computer Vision technologies in projects of different nature.

Jorge Martínez López

Technology and Control Assistant

Jorge has spent his working life planning the installation and on-site maintenance of the computer park of various Andalusian companies in various sectors: hospitality, food processing, manufacturing-construction, etc.

He is now part of the Technology and Control team as a technical assistant and trainer of new technologies for the staff of the other departments, and is also responsible for the maintenance of the Phytoplant computer network.


Mar Marín Delgado

Operations Manager

Mar Marín is Operations Manager at Phytoplant Research SL. She has extensive experience in in open field cultivation, planning, coordination and execution of field work, field personnel management and crop in good agricultural practices. In addition, she has many contacts in the agricultural sector with which Phytoplant has collaboration to perform their work in open field.

Juan Manuel Peralbo Esquinas

Operation Assistant

Juan Manuel works at Phytoplant Research SL since July 2016, performing maintenance work in the greenhouses, assisting the Hybridization and Cultivation, Extraction, Analytical Chemistry and Technology and Control departments in matters of plant material processing, sampling, aid In the installation of equipment, etc.

Carolina Corral Cobacho

Operation Assistant