I am an Associate Professor (Profesor Titular de Universidad) of Theoretical Physics at the Departamento de Física Atómica, Molecular y Nuclear, Universidad de Sevilla, Spain. My research up to now has been focused on quantum optics and quantum information, including pioneering proposals for quantum simulations of relativistic quantum mechanics, fermionic systems, and spin models, with trapped ions and superconducting circuits. I am also interested in new approaches to quantum simulation, as with our novel concept of embedding quantum simulators, and in the emulation of biological behaviours with quantum controllable systems, in the research line that we call quantum biomimetics. I also analyze the possibility of combining artificial intelligence and machine learning protocols with quantum devices. I enjoy working with experimentalists, and have made proposals and participated in 15 experiments in collaboration with up to 15 prominent experimental groups in quantum science, with trapped ions, electrons in Penning traps, superconducting circuits, quantum photonics, and nuclear magnetic resonance. Up to 16 of my theoretical proposals for implementations have been carried out in experiments by top-flight groups.
Before working in Sevilla I was in Bilbao, first as a Marie Curie postdoctoral fellow and subsequently with a Ramón y Cajal position and a staff researcher position. Earlier, I was a Humboldt Fellow and a Max Planck postdoctoral fellow for 3 and a half years at the Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics in Garching, Germany, working in Prof. Ignacio Cirac Group. Previously, I carried out my PhD at CSIC, Madrid, and Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM), supervised by Prof. Juan León. My PhD thesis was awarded with the First Extraordinary Prize for a PhD in Physics in 2007 in UAM, out of more than 30 theses. I have about 16-year research experience in centers of Spain and Germany, having performed research as well with scientific collaborations in several one- or two-week stays in centers of all continents as Harvard University, ETH Zurich, University of California Berkeley, Google Santa Barbara, University of California Santa Barbara, Google LA, Shanghai University, Tsinghua University, Macquarie University, University of Bristol, Walther-Meissner Institut Garching, University of KwaZulu-Natal, IQOQI Innsbruck, Universidad de Santiago de Chile, among others.
I have about 100 articles, among published and submitted, in international refereed journals, including: 1 Nature, 1 Reviews of Modern Physics, 1 Advances in Physics: X, 3 Nature Communications, 2 Physical Review X, 1 APL Photonics, 2 Advanced Quantum Technologies, 1 Quantum Science and Technology, and 19 Physical Review Letters, two of them Editor’s Suggestion. Overall I have 24 articles in Nature Publishing Group journals, and 45 in American Physical Society journals. 26 articles in first decile (D1) journals.
My h-index according to Google Scholar is of 31, with more than 3500 citations. My i10 index is of 65.