She is Research Professor of the CSIC and Head of the Development and Regeneration Department at the Center for Molecular Biology Severo Ochoa, CSIC-UAM, Madrid, Spain. She obtained her PhD degree at the New York University, School of Medicine, NY USA and worked as a postdoctoral fellow at Columbia University, Center for Neurobiology and Behaviour, NY, USA. She then moved to the Instituto Cajal, CSIC, Madrid, and then to the Center for Molecular Biology Severo Ochoa, where she is currently working. She has been Visiting Scholar at the Biotecnology Department (DIBIT) of the Fondazione San Raffaele in Milan and in the École Normale Supérieure in Paris. Her current research interests focus on understanding the molecular mechanisms underlying early development of the nervous system with particular emphasis on those processes that may lead to congenital defects of the visual system. Part of the lab is also actively working on the implication of a specific class of secreted proteins (Sfrps) in aging and neurodegenerative diseases associated with loss of cognition. She an author of more than 100 publications and has received funding from national and international private and public organizations. She is European Editor of the journal Developmental Neurobiology and member of the editorial board of different journals.
Besides her daily dedication to research, she served, among others, as Head and Deputy Head of the Biology and Biomedicine Area of the Spanish Research Council (CSIC), Adjoined Manager for Molecular Biology at the National Evaluation Agency (ANEP). She has been member the Communication/Publication Committee of FENS, of the International Affairs Committee of the Society for Neuroscience and of the Telethon Scientific Board. She currently serves in the Scientific Advisory Board of the ERA-NET NEURON Program and of the Armenise-Harvard Fundation. She is also member of the SAB of the Institut de la Vision in Paris, of the IDBM en Marseille and of the IBBTEC Cantabria. She has been elected member of EMBO and she is part of the Scientific Council of the European Scientific Council.