Scientific Titular of the Spanish National Research Council at the Institute of Marine Sciences (ICM) in Barcelona since 2017. Degree in Biological Sciences from University of Murcia (1984) and doctoral thesis at University of Miguel-Hernández (UMH) in Alicante in 1999 under the direction of Prof. Francisco Rodríguez-Valera. Her thesis was focused to study microbial diversity patterns of microbial communities of marine and hypersaline environments. Postdoctoral training in molecular microbial ecology and genomics in USA (1999-2005) and 5 years at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) (2001-2005) under supervision of Prof. Martin Polz. Postdoc research at the Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW) at Centre for Estuarine and Marine Ecology in Yerseke, in 2006 with Prof. Lucas Stal exploring the microdiversity of cyanobacteria. Research scientist at Department of Marine Biology and Oceanography at the ICM, CSIC in Barcelona, with a Ramon and Cajal program (2007-2012).
She is a marine microbial microbiologist with interest in ecology, genomics and evolution. Since 2009, she is one the coordinators of the Tara Oceans global expedition (http://oceans.taraexpeditions.org/). She is also leading Deep Malaspinomics, a large scale sequencing project funded by DOE Joint Genome Institute (JGI´s) Community Sequencing Program (CSP). This project within the context of Malaspina 2010 global expedition was focused to explore the biogeography and functional capacities of deep ocean microbial communities. Since 2015 she is leading a project funded by the Fundación BBVA (Becas Leonardo) with the main goal to analyze the diversity and genomics of bacteria capable of detoxification of methylmercury in marine ecosystems using omics approaches and culturing experimental analyses.
Her current research is focusing on linking microbial genetic diversity with the functional potential of marine microorganisms using metagenomics, metranscriptomics, single cell genomics and isolation. Another line of research seeking to understand the evolutionary mechanisms underlying diversification processes in prokaryotes. She has published 64 scientific publications SCI (H= 31, 4826 citations) including papers on Science, Nature, PNAS and other top journals with several book chapters and outreach publications. She has supervised 5 PhD theses (2 on-going) and 7 Masters (plus 3 on-going). She has participated in more than 50 international conferences and courses
Other interests include photojournalist and traveling with my husband Julian and daughter Nerea.