Bachelor of Biological Sciences, majoring in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, 1990
Master´s degree in”AIDS”, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, 2005
PhD from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, 2007
Master´s degree in “Update in HIV infection”, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos de Madrid, 2011
My profesional career has been mainly related to the infectious diseases, formerly focused on the field of basic research in public institutions (Centro de Biología Molecular Severo Ochoa, Hospital Carlos III) and in a pharmaceutical company (GSK), later focused on public health in the Spanish Ministry of Health, and on scientific management at present (Instituto de Salud Carlos III).
My interest in the HIV field began during the fulfillment of my PhD about the immune response against hepatitis C virus (HCV), in this period I worked with HCV/HIV coinfected patients and studied a Master of AIDS. In that moment I began to realize the complexity of the pandemic, not only from the biological point of view but from the clinical and social points of view, fields in which I worked in the National Plan against Aids Secretariat (Ministry of Health). During this period, I also collaborated on the international response given to the pandemic, a response without historical precedents. At present, I am the scientific manager of the European AIM-HIV Project, focused on a potential microbicide, one of the current challenges in the research related to the prevention of HIV infection. In addition, I am professor of the online master “HIV infection” at the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos de Madrid.