Aitor Mugarza graduated and obtained his PhD in Physics both at the University of the 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, USA, and at the Materials Science Institute of Barcelona (ICMAB). He later joined the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology-ICN2 (formerly ICN) starting as a Ramon y Cajal Fellow in 2007, and as Tenure Track Group Leader of the Atomic Manipulation and Spectroscopy Group since 2013. He is author of 65+ 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 at the nanoscale, and developing strategies to manipulate them with atomic precision.