She was born in Najera (La Rioja) and was graduated from the University of Zaragoza in 1973, obtaining her doctorate in chemistry from the University of Oviedo in 1979. She spent postdoctoral stays at the ETH (Zurich), the Dyson Perrins Laboratory (Oxford), Harvard University, and Uppsala University. She became Associate Professor in 1985 at the University of Oviedo and Full Professor in 1993 at the University of Alicante. She is coauthor of more than 400 papers and book chapters, 6 patents and has supervised more than 45 PhD students (WOS data, h = 63, 16,808 citations). She has been visiting professor at different institutions and universities in Marseille, Tucson, Bahia Blanca, Paris, Strasbourg, Bolonia, Campinas and Rio de Janeiro. She has delivered more than 200 lectures in Spanish and Foreign Institutions and Congresses. She has been awarded with the 2006 Organic Chemistry Prize Janssen-Cilag from the Spanish Royal Chemical Society of Chemistry, the 2006 Rosalind Franklin International Lectureship from the English Royal Society, the SCF 2010 French-Spanish Prize Miguel Catalán-Paul Sabatier from the Société Chimique de France, the IUPAC 2015 Distinguished Women in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering Award, Medal to a Professional Career by the Colegio Oficial de Químicos from the Comunidad Valenciana 2015 and the 2018 Serratosa Lectureship. In 2010, she was named Correspondent Member of the Royal Spanish Academy of Sciences and in 2012 full Member of the Royal Spanish Academy of Sciences (medal no. 53). In 2013, She was appointed as Active Member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts. Her fields of interest are Synthetic Organic Chemistry, and Asymmetric Catalysis. She is in the Advisory Board of Tetrahedron, Tetrahedron: Asymmetry, European Journal of Organic Chemistry, and ChemCatChem. Professor Nájera is Manager Director of the spin-off company MEDALCHEMY S.L. for the development of APIs.