B.Sc. (1987) and Ph.D. (1992) in Physics at Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain). Since 1992, aside from some periods spent at AMOLF Institute (Amsterdam), I belong to the staff of the Mathematics Department at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, where I became a lecturer in 1995 and a full professor in applied mathematis in 2012. Since 2012 I am also an associate researcher of Instituto de Biocomputación y Física de Sistemas Complejos (BIFI), Universidad de Zaragoza, and since 2013, also of the York Centre for Complex Systems Analysis (YCCSA), York University (UK).
I do my research as part of the Interdisciplinary Group of Complex Systems, where I lead the group of evolutinary theory. Between 1987 and 2005 my main research line was condensed matter physics (phases and phase transitions), and I made contributions to density functional theory of liquid crystals and colloids. Since 2005 my research focuses on interdisciplinary applications of the physics of complex systems, mainly in biology and the social sciences, and I have contributed to fields like economics, ecology or evolutionary theory.
I was the director of the doctorate program “Physics of Complex Systems” between 2001 and 2005. I have been the principal investigator of 11 research projects with nacional or regional funds. I have advised 5 Ph.D. thesis so far (2 of which were awarded a special mention) and I am currently supervising 2 Ph.D. students. I have contributed to more than 130 scientific meetings and participated in the organisation of other 9. I was a member of the scientific commitee of FisEs between 2003 and 2008. Currently, I am an Associate Editor of BMC Evolutionary Biology and a Co-Editor of Europhysics Letters, and participate in the evaluation pannels of several evaluation agencies.