About me

I am a scientist focused on the study of host-virus interactions and their evolutionary dynamics. My research aims to elucidate the complex interplay between host, virus, and microbial communities, and how these interactions shape the outcomes of viral infections.

I obtained my Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Vigo (Spain) and later pursued a Master’s degree in Plant Molecular and Cellular Biotechnology at the Polytechnic University of Valencia (Spain). It was during my Master that Professor Santiago F. Elena introduced me to the captivating field of virus research. Following this experience, I decided to pursue a PhD under his mentorship at the I2SysBio, focusing on factors that influence the evolution of viruses, using plant-pathogen systems as model organisms.

After my PhD, I obtained an EMBO Postdoctoral Fellowship and joined the Marie-Anne Félix Laboratory (IBENS, France). There I investigated host factors and bacterial environments that modulate the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans susceptibility to Orsay virus infection.

Currently, I am postdoctoral researcher at Carla Saleh Laboratory (Institut Pasteur, France). In here I am a happy researcher studying viral infections in the fly Drosophila melanogaster. My research here focuses in the aging induced by viruses and the impact of the microbiome in infections and the evolution of viruses.

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Past and current funding


EMBO Postdoctoral Fellowship
Microbiome impact on Caenorhabditis elegans viral infection and evolution of Orsay virus
Open Space Innovation ESA
Dynamics of viral infection in simulated microgravity conditions


EMBO Short-Term Fellowship
Implementation of Caenorhabditis elegans as a model host system in virology research
FISABIO-Valencia University Chair for financing research stays in Europe
Implementation of Caenorhabditis elegans as a model host system in virology research


FPI Spanish research fellowships.
Virus adaptation at different levels