I obtained a Degree in Chemistry at University of Murcia (UMU), Spain, in 2000, and defended my PhD thesis in 2006 at the Department of Physical Chemistry (UMU), where I developed and applied multiscale computational models for the study of systems of biotechnological relevance. Next, I moved to Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Germany) where I obtained several postdoctoral contracts (Marie Curie fellowship, the most prestigious postdoctoral grant in Europe) from 2007 to 2010 and carried out research on the optimization of biotechnological processes related with drug discovery and high performance computing (Cell processor and computer clusters). In 2011 I returned to UMU and obtained a 2 years postdoctoral contract. In that period I started several independent research lines related with structural bioinformatics and computer engineering (GPUs) and its implication on the performance of biotechnological processes.
At the end of 2012 I obtained a permanente position at the Universidad Católica San Antonio de Murcia (UCAM) and founded and started the “Bioinformatics and High Performance Computing” research group (http://bio-hpc.eu) as Principal Investigator (PI) where I currently supervise 7 professors, 7 PhD students, 2 postdocs and 1 technician. I have started since several complementary research lines and published results (more than 90 international conference contributions and journal papers) in high impact factor journals (PloS One, J. Med. Chem., J. Chem. Inf. Model., J. Agr. Food. Chem., Food. Chem., RSC Advances, etc) and top-tier computer engineering and bioinformatics conferences as first or corresponding author and international patents (one of them licensed to an international company).
My primary research interests are in the areas of Bioinformatics, mainly Drug Discovery, and its exploitation in parallel architectures (Cell processor, GPUs, Intel Xeon Phi, Multicore). I have participated in several projects funded by the European Commission and the Spanish and German Ministries of Science; I have been or I am PI in 10 projects, co-writer or member in other 12 projects, and I have attracted around $400K in funding.
I am also very active in the Technology Transfer field, where I have established several research and development agreements, partnerships and contracts with international and national companies. I have co-founded a spin-off that offers molecular modelling services to pharma and biotech companies.