I started my career in the lab of Eugene Koonin at NCBI, NIH in 2000 leaving to do my MA degree in 2003 at University of California at Davis. In 2005 I started my PhD in University of California at San Diego graduating in 2008. In 2008 I became a Group Leader at the Centre for Genomic Regulation. In 2010 I was selected for the EMBO Young Investigator award and I also received the Dobzhansky Prize. In 2011 I became an ICREA Research Professor and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute International Early Career Scientist in 2012. From October 2017 I am on leave to IST Austria.