I studied Pharmacy at Complutense University, Madrid, and did my PhD at Zürich University and Complutense University, where I also worked as a lecturer in Parasitology from 1989 to 1994. My PhD thesis examined the genetic variability and zoonotic potential of Echinococcus granulosus genotypes in Spain and Switzerland. After completing my PhD, I was a Fellow at the University of Berne’s Institute of Parasitology and later at the University of Porto Alegre (Brazil), where I mainly worked on host-parasite interactions in cystic and alveolar ehinococcosis.
I returned to Spain with a “Ramón y Cajal” contract in 2002, joining the Department of Parasitology at the University of Salamanca, and broadened my research interest into schistosomes and fasciolids. I joined the National Research Council at Salamanca in 2007 as Research Scientist in Parasitology and was promoted to Senior Scientist in 2011.
My research deals with molecular biology of parasites applied to the development of new diagnostic tools and vaccines. I have been funded with competitive grants of the Swiss National Foundation, Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (Brazil), Roche Research Foundation, Spanish Ministry of Science, European Food Safety Authorities and European Union, and by several Biotech companies.
I have produced over 60 peer-reviewed specialized research articles and several patents on diagnostic molecules. I lecture at several Spanish Master and PhD courses and for the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases in specialized courses. My group is now focused in the development of point-of-care tools for the diagnosis and follow-up of cystic echinococcosis and in the study of the influence of the genetic variability of Fasciola hepatica on vaccine efficacy.