Research Professor at the Institut de Física d’Altes Energies IFAE, Barcelona. IFAE is part of BIST (Barcelona Institute of Technology). She graduated in Physics at the Université Catholique de Louvain-La-Neuve, Belgium, and obtained her PhD with a thesis in Nuclear Physics at the Louvain-La-Neuve Cyclotron (1979, summa cum laude). She developed her career in Experimental Particle Physics, mainly in the framework of CERN, the European Laboratory for particle Physics in Geneva, Switzerland. She was researcher at CERN (1979-84), at Stanford Linear Accelerator Center SLAC (1984-85), and at Max-Planck Institute for Physics in Munich (1985-90). She joined the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona in 1992 and since 1995 is a researcher at IFAE.
In technical aspects of Particle Physics, she contributed to the construction and operation of specific elements of large detectors, such as silicon sensors, calorimeters and real-time data selection systems. In data analysis, she contributed to the characterization of the Standard Model of Particle Physics with measurements of properties of quarks and the Higgs boson, as well as searches for possible new phenomena not explained by the Model. She was member of the following collaborations: NA11/32 at the CERN Proton Supersynchrotron SPS, MAC at the SLAC Electron-Proton Collider PEP, ALEPH at the CERN Electron-Proton Collider LEP, y ATLAS at the actual CERN Large Hadron Collider LHC. As a member of these collaborations, she published more than 800 scientific articles, with around 90.000 citations and an h-index of 137 (“inSPIRE” database).
She has been Principal Investigator of various of the ATLAS projects at IFAE in the Science Ministry, and “Investigador Garante” of the two Severo Ochoa projects of IFAE. She held responsibility posts in the ATLAS Collaboration, among others Chair of the Collaboration Board formed by the representatives of the 178 Institutions from 38-member countries. She was member of the Commission for the Particle Physics and Accelerators Infrastructures (CIFPA) that advises the Spanish Science Ministry. She participates in various international committees. She is member of the External Evaluation Committee of the Italian National Institute for Nuclear Physics (INFN), and chair one of the advisory committee of the Research Agency of the Flanders region of Belgium FWO. She is also member of the Equal Opportunity Committee of the European Physical Society.
She was awarded the Narcis Monturiol Medal for Scientific and technological Merit of the Generalitat de Catalunya en 2015 and is a Permanent Member of the Reial Acadèmia de Ciències i Arts de Barcelona since 2018. As member of the ATLAS Collaboration, she was awarded the High Energy Physics Prize of the European Physical Society in 2013.