I was born in Pamplona, a small city in the north of Spain. I discovered physics in high school, and I have been pretty much hooked since then. Despite the advice of my parents, who wanted me to become something more “useful”, like a doctor or an engineer, I moved to Madrid in 2004 to major in physics at the Universidad Complutense. After my bachelor studies, I also finished a master in theoretical physics. I did my PhD under the direction of Prof. Javier Garcia de Abajo in the Spanish Research Council (CSIC). I finished my PhD in September 2014, and then started a brief postdoc in the group of Prof. Darrick Chang at ICFO, who works at the interface between quantum optics and photonics. These few months helped me to improve my understanding of atomic physics and quantum non-linear optics, and were the perfect launching platform for my ensuing move to Caltech in the summer of 2015, as an IQIM fellow (and later, as a Marie Curie fellow). At Caltech, I worked with the group of Prof. Jeff Kimble, and among other fun things, I spent my time trying to understand experiments where atoms are coupled to the guided modes of photonic crystals. While I am a theoretician, it was great to have the opportunity to work in such close proximity with experimentalists. In January of 2019 I started my appointment at Columbia University.
I can provide a detailed pdf version of my cv upon request.