I am a biologist, graduated at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. My PhD was on bioenergetics of photosynthetic bacteria (CSIC-Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, 1983). After a 3-years postdoctoral stay in the University of California, San Diego, as a Fulbright fellow working on the molecular biology of plant viruses, I obtained a tenured position as Associate Professor at the UAM (1988) where I started working on molecular genetics of plant-nematode interactions, funded by the European Union and National funds for almost 10 years. While at UAM, I also initiated a project on epidermal and stomatal development. At present I am a Professor of Plant Biology at Universidad de Castilla-la Mancha and continue working in the last two research lines, with the regulation of gene expression and cell differentiation as a common denominator. This work has been funded along the years by competitive grants and had led to publications in reputed scientific journals, to editing international books and to Doctoral Theses.
Among other activities, I have been vice-rector of Academic Affairs at UCLM, Coordinator of the Spanish Team of Bologna Experts, and General Secretary for University Coordination at the Ministry of Science and Education. At present I collaborate on institutional evaluation and quality with the European University Association as a member of the IEP, and the National and several Regional University Agencies. I advise international and national scientific and academic institutions evaluating personnel and research proposals.
I have worked as Visiting Scientist at the Salk Institute in La Jolla, CA, and as Tinker Professor at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Since 1983 I teach in the fields of molecular and cellular genetics, plant physiology, genomics and biotechnology. I contribute to popular science activities on a regular basis. Active for many years in Gender issues in academia, I am a founder of the European Women Rectors Association.
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