PhD in Medicine and Surgery (Universidad Santiago de Compostela) with Extraordinary Award, MPhil in Human Origins (University of Bristol) and Forensic Anthropology (Universidad Complutense de Madrid) is currently Director of CENIEH, a research institution included in the Map of Unique Scientific and Technical Infrastructures (ICTS) of Spain. Honorary Professor in the Anthropology Department of University College London where she was teaching from 2015 to 2017. Corresponding member by invitation of the Royal Academy of Medicine and Surgery of Galicia (Spain) and founding member of the European Society for the Study of Human Evolution (ESHE).
She specialized in Human Evolution by the University of Bristol (UK) and in Forensic Anthropology by the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Member of the Atapuerca Research Team since 1998 and Research Leader of the Dental Anthropology Group from 2007 to 2015 at CENIEH. She has research interest in the palaeobiology, taxonomy and phylogeny of the genus Homo, palaeopathology and the evolutionary scenario of the first Europeans. She has leaded and participated in several international projects such the Expert Interchange Program on archaeology and palaeoanthropology between Spain and the Republic of Georgia funded by the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation (AECID) that led to the study of the original hominin fossil from Dmanisi or the research projects funded the Chinese Academy of Science and the British Academy for the study of the hominin fossils in collaboration with the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Palaeoanthropology (IVPP) of Beijing.
She has published more than 90 books, book chapters or scientific articles in SCI journals such as Nature, Science, PNAS or Journal of Human Evolution. Her work has been highlighted as Top 1% of most cited authors in Social Sciences according to Thomson Reuters Essential Science Indicators.
Her research has received funding from several institutions such as the British Council, the British Academy, Fundación Pedro Barrié de la Maza, Fundación Atapuerca, Fundación Duques de Soria or the Royal Society of London. The science outreach book, “Hijos de un tiempo perdido” she was co-author of received the Prism of Science Award.
She has given more than 60 conferences by invitation in several seminars and courses such the Instituto Cervantes of Brazil, the American Association for the Advancement of Science of Chicago, the Academy of Science of San Francisco, or the Tel-Aviv University (Israel), among others.