I graduated in Biology at the Universidad Complutense (Madrid, 1991) and obtained my PhD in the laboratory of Antonio García-Bellido at the CBM-Severo Ochoa (Madrid, 1995). A couple of years later, I joined the laboratory of Stephen M. Cohen at the EMBL-Heidelberg, where I got a position as Staff Scientist. In 2003, I got my present position as ICREA Research Professor at the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona) leading the Development and Growth Control Laboratory. Since 2007, I was also the Head of the Cell and Developmental Biology Programme at the IRB. In 2018, I was appointed Head of the Mechanisms of Disease Programme at the IRB. In 2007, I was elected EMBO Young Investigator. I was Visiting Professor at the National University of Singapore in 2010. I am a member of the EMBO Journal, and Disease, Models and Mechanisms editorial boards. I have directed 9 PhD theses and published, as first or lead author, more than 70 papers.