She is a Ramon y Cajal research fellow and Deputy Director for Dissemination and Promotion at the Research Institute of Telecommunications and Multimedia Applications (iTEAM) Research Institute of the Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV). Moreover, she lectures in the Master’s Degree in Telecommunications Engineering at the same university. Ivana received the M.Sc. and the Ph.D. degrees from UPV, respectively, in 2005 and 2008. Her current research field encompasses photonics and high-capacity communications through optical fibers.
Her PhD thesis, focused on broadband radio over multimode fiber transmission, was recognized with the prestigious LEOS Graduate Student Fellowship Award given by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and by the Extraordinary PhD Thesis Award given by UPV. From 2012 to 2014, she enjoyed a postdoctoral Fulbright stay at Stanford University (United States). In 2016, she was awarded a prestigious ERC Consolidator Grant by the European Research Council (ERC) to develop a new generation of specialty optical fibers, built upon space-division multiplexing technologies, for emergent high-capacity communications such as 5G systems and The Internet of Things.
The results of her work have led to more than 100 international publications, highlighting two invited papers in the prestigious journal Nature Photonics as well as several contributions in Nature Communications and Nature Scientific Reports. She is author of several patents, IEEE Senior Member and jury in the 2017 King James I Prizes. She is a member of the Technical Program Committees of the most prestigious conferences in Photonics, such as the European Conference on Optical Communications (ECOC), the Optical Fiber Communication Conference (OFC) and the IEEE International Topical meeting on Microwave Photonics (MWP). In addition, she is associate editor of several international journals such as IEEE Photonics Technology Letters and IEEE Journal of Selected Topics on Quantum Electronics.