I hold a degree in Biological Sciences from the Complutense University of Madrid (1982) and a Doctorate (Ph.D.) in Science from the Autonomous University of Madrid (1985). I have conducted research at the Max-Planck Institute of Development Boplogy (MPI für Entwicklungsbiologie) in Tübingen (Germany), the Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology, University of Victoria (British Columbia, Canada) and the Max-Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Cologne ((MPI für Züchtungsforschung, Germany). Before joining the Public University of Navarra (UPNa) in 1992, I was a postdoctoral fellow of the Higher Council for Scientific Research (CSIC, Spain) at the Center for Molecular Biology Severo Ochoa in Madrid, where I launched, among other projects, the laboratory Protein Chemistry Center, for which I was responsible until my coming to Pamplona. In 1992, I joined the UPNa as Associate Professor (Prof. Titular) of Microbiology and since 2001 I am Professor (Catedrático) of Microbiolgy.
My research activity is part of the Research Group for Genetics and Microbiology where I dedicate myself to the study of the sequence, organization and function of genomes. As a working model we use the edible mushroom Pleurotus ostreatus (oyster mushroom); but we also work in my group in other fungal genomes, the human genome and human and environmental metagenomes. The functional analysis was conducted using transcriptomics. Several of these works are carried out in collaboration with the Joint Genome Institute of the Department of Energy of the United States.
During my years in UPNa, I have been teaching different subjects in Microbiology in the School of Agricultural Engineers (ETSIA) and at the Faculty of Health Sciences (FCS) and the Masters of Agrobiotechnology (ETSIA) and Public Health (FCS).
Currently, I am the academic responsible for the Official Master in Agricultural Biotechnology and coordinator of the PhD program in Biotechnology UPNa