Ana was born in Granada (Spain), where she completed a Bachelor Degree in Pharmacy in 2002, a Degree in Optics and Optometry in 2004 and a Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics in 2013, all three in the University of Granada (Spain). Her PhD thesis was done in the Microbiology Department of the School of Pharmacy, using archaeal polar lipids to build a special type of liposomes, called archaeosomes, for drug delivery. During this period, she also did part of her research in the Pharmaceutical Technology Department of the University of Cagliari (Italy). In 2010 she received her European PhD degree in Pharmacy, with highest honors, and she was recently awarded with the Extraordinary Honor Prize from the University of Granada for her PhD thesis.
In 2011 she joined as a postdoctoral researcher the NANOBIOFAR group (University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain),and during three years she worked in the design, characterization and formulation of nanosystems applied to the delivery of proteins, peptides and low molecular weight hydrophilic drugs, using safe and biocompatible materials. In particular, she was recruited within the context of a large scale integrating collaborative project for oral peptide delivery (TRANSINT- FP7-NMP).
Her research activity is validated by several publications in a number of indexed journals, as well by her participation and results presentation in a wide number of international and national conferences.