Current Position:
Research Lines:

    Circumstellar disks; solar & extra-solar planetary systems; interplanetary dust; dynamical simulations; extrasolar "comets"; infrared observations; science policy


    Ph.D., Astronomy; University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, USA — 2004
         Signatures of Planets in Circumstellar Debris Disks, Directed by Renu Malhotra.

    M.Sc., Astronomy; University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, USA — 2000
         Infrared and Millimetric Study of the Young Outflow Cep E, Directed by A. Noriega-Crespo.

    Licenciatura, Physics; Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain — 1998
         Five-year program. Specialty: Fundamental Physics.

Previous Positions:
Fellowships and Awards:

    Visiting Fellow; Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences — 2009
         University of Cambridge (UK).

    Ramón y Cajal Fellowship; Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas — 2007
         Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación (Spain).

    Michelson Fellowship, NASA-Michelson Science Center-Caltech — 2005
         (brought to Princeton University).

    Lyman Spitzer Fellowship, Princeton University — 2004
         Department of Astrophysical Sciences.

    Gerad P. Kuiper Memorial Award; University of Arizona — 2004
         Department of Planetary Sciences.

    College of Science Fellowship; University of Arizona — 1998
         Department of Astronomy.

Science Policy Activities:

    Vicepresident and founding member of the Spanish Association for the Advancement of Science (since 2018).

    Governing Board member of Euroscience (2012-2014).

    Governing Board member of Real Sociedad Española de Física (2011-2014).

    Promoter of the science advocacy platform Carta por la Ciencia (2011-2015).

    Founder and former spokeperson of the science advocacy platform Investigación Digna (2010-2015).

    Activities include:

    • Lobbying at the Spanish ministries of science and economy, and the Spanish congress, senate, and government headquarters.
    • Elaboration and promotion of numerous Spanish and European open letters and petitions.
    • Participation in Spanish and European round table discussions.
    • Participation in press conferences and elaboration of press releases.
    • Organization of March for Science in Spain and other science advocacy citizen initiatives.
    • 30+ press articles.
    • 100+ interviews.