He was born in Madrid (1959). He obtained a degree in Mathematical Sciences in 1982 at Universidad Complutense de Madrid with Honors and National Prize. He finished his Ph.D. in Mathematics at Texas A&M University in 1987. He completed a postdoctoral stay at the City University of New York in 1989. He obtained the position of Associated Professor in the Statistics Department of Universidad Complutense de Madrid in 1988 and was an Associated Professor at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, where he is Professor of Statistics and Operations Research since 1996. In that University he has been Vice-Rector of Graduate Studies, and for Faculty and Departments.
He is Rector of Universidad Carlos III de Madrid since March 2015. He was elected President of the Young European Research Universities Network (YERUN) in September 2015 and has been re-elected in October 2017. This network consists of the eighteen best European universities created in the last fifty years.
His current research work focuses mainly on the analysis of complex information, which includes big data and very high-dimensional observations. The methodology created is applied in genetics (microarrays and SNP’s), financial data, functional observations or image analysis. He has also developed research in other areas such as resampling techniques or time series. He has published more than sixty research papers in journals of international scope, including several of high impact in his discipline, such as Journal of the American Association, Biostatistics, Biometrika, Bioinformatics or Computational Statistics and Data Analysis. He has been a leading researcher in nine research projects and has participated in twenty-three other projects. Organizer of two international meetingss, he has presented more than one hundred and thirty papers at scientific meetings, eleven of them invited. He has given seventeen invited lectures or seminars. He has advised fourteen doctoral theses and co-authored four textbooks.