Aitor Mugarza graduated and obtained his PhD in Physics both at the University of Basque Country. After his doctoral studies, he was awarded a Marie Curie fellowship to work as a postdoctoral scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in USA, and at the Materials Science Institute of Barcelona (ICMAB). In 2007 he joined what used to be the Catalan Institute of Nanotechnology (now the ICN2) with a Ramon y Cajal Fellowship, becoming group leader of the ICN2 Atomic Manipulation and Spectroscopy Group in 2013. He is author of 60+ articles, and of 45+ invited talks at international conferences, universities and schools. His research activity is based on the investigation of quantum properties of matter on the nanoscale, and developing strategies to manipulate them with atomic precision.