She is Full Professor of Inorganic Chemistry at UCM, leader of the Smart Biomaterials Group, Head of Research at CIBER-BBN and at Hospital 12 de Octubre Research Institute (i+12), leader of the Spanish and European Network on Prevention and Treatment of Osteoporotic Fractures (AGEING). Recipient of an ERC Advanced Grant: Polyvalent mesoporous nanosystem for bone diseases.
Full Member of the Spanish Royal Academies of Pharmacy (RANF) and Engineering (RAI). Fellow of Biomaterials Science and Engineering, appointed by the International Union of Societies, Biomaterials Science & Engineering (FBSE). Member, College of Fellows of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE)
French Spanish Award of Societé Française de Chimie in 2000, RSEQ 2008 Award in Inorganic Chemistry, National Research Award 2008, FEIQUE Research Award 2011, RSEQ Gold Medal awarded in 2011. Doctor Honoris Causa by the Basque Country and Jaume I Universities. IUPAC 2013 Distinguished Women in Chemistry/Chemical Engineering and Miguel Catalán Research Award 2013. Lilly Distinguished Career Award in Chemistry 2016. Premio Julio Peláez a Pioneras de las Ciencias Físicas, Químicas y Matemáticas de la Fundación Tatiana Pérez de Guzmán el Bueno (2017).
Acknowledged as pioneer in the field of mesoporous ceramic materials with biomedical applications. Her research revealed, for the first time, the potential biomedical applications of these materials, particularly in the fields of bone regeneration and controlled drug release systems (Chem. Mater. 13,308-311, 2001; 1451 citations). Her novel line of work lead to the development of a new field of research (more than 5,500 published papers so far).
She is also among the top 50 European scientists in the field of Materials Science, and one of the top 5 European scientists working in Biomedical Materials. Her multifaceted research work is reflected in more than 28,000 citations in the fields of materials Science, Chemistry, Pharmacy and Medicine.