About me

I was born in Madrid (Spain) in 1987, and moved to a smaller city called Salamanca soon after. There I grew up, and studied the first three years of my Physics degree at the University of Salamanca. I then moved back to Madrid to take the specialization in Astrophysics at the Complutense University. I got my degree in Physics in early 2011, and right after joined the ESA trainee program at the European Space Astronomy Centre (ESAC) to study star-foming regions with far infrared data from the Herschel Space Observatory. After my traineeship, I got my master in Astrophysics (2011/2012) with a combined program at Complutense University and Autonoma University, and at the same time joined the Herschel Science Center for one year as a astronomer tester for HIPE (the Herschel Interactive Processing Environment), the software used to process and analyze Herschel data.

I got my PhD 2015 at ESAC under the supervision of Bruno Merín and Hervé Bouy. In this work, I studied the evolution of protoplanetary disks around young stars as function of different parameters, and explored the addition of far infrared data from Herschel to our knowledge of transitional disks (protoplanetary disks with gaps and holes in them).

From October 2015, I have joined Catherine Espaillat’s research group at Boston University as a postdoctoral associate to continue my research on disks around young stars and planet formation.

I have been passionate about literature, music and cinema since I was a child, and got later interested in photography too. I am fascinated by science and love to talk about it, so I have been doing outreach since I started my degree, either by directly talking to people or through my blog (in Spanish). I really enjoy traveling and discovering other cultures, something that my job involves quite often (luckily for me!). I also love sports, and I will probably go running, rock climbing, or scuba diving whenever I have some free time.

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