She was born in Madrid in 1960 and she holds a PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. After a postdoc at the Institute for Biomedical Research Alberto Sols in Madrid working on programmed cell death in lymphocytes, she moved to the National Institute for Medical Research in London to work with David Wilkinson on the isolation of developmental genes in vertebrates. From 1993 she leads a research group interested in cell plasticity in health and disease, first at the Cajal Institute in Madrid and from 2004 at the Neurosciences Institute in Alicante. Her main contribution is the description of the reactivation of developmental programs in adult pathologies, including cancer and organ fibrosis. She has received National and International awards, such as the Jaime I Prize for Basic Research and the Mexico Prize for Science and Technology.