Born in Italy, 1957. Licenciatura en Ciencias Físicas in the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and Degree in Physics summa cum laude at the Università degli Studi di Napoli. She is an experimental physicist recognized for significant contributions to the design, construction and operation of particle accelerators.
Since 2012 Director of Alba Synchrotron, the 3rd Generation Synchrotron Radiation Facility at Barcelona, Spain, where she has managed the operation start and consolidation and the development of the project as a multidisciplinary large research facility with international projection. ALBA is nowadays operating 8 beamlines, while expanding the instrumental offer with the construction of new ones, four of them to be open to users in the next four years. She is Vice Chair of LEAPS, the League of European Accelerator-based Photon Sources, a new collaborative consortium aiming at a coordinated transformation of European photon sources towards the next generation facilities.
At CERN from 1982 to 1985, then at the Laboratori Nazionali di Frascati of INFN from 1985 to 2012. She has participated with key contributions to different projects as the electron-positron collider DAFNE at LNF, the Future Linear Collider Test Facility CTF3 at CERN, the hadron-therapy facility CNAO at Pavia.
Author of about 150 publications on refereed journals, conference and workshop proceedings, conceptual and technical design reports.
Among her services to the society: chair of the European Physical Society Accelerator Group, member of the EPS Executive Committee, member of several international advisory committees and boards, among which CERN Scientific Policy Committee, PSI Advisory Board, XFEL-Machine Advisory Committee, HZB Scientific Advisory Committee, MAX-IV Board, FCC International Advisory Committee. Fellow of the European Physical Society since 2009, awarded in 2013 by the Presidente della Repubblica Italiana with the honor of Ufficiale dell’Ordine della Stella d’Italia and presently Associate Professor at the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona.