My research is focused on the evolution of planetary systems and the interaction of stars with their surroundings in the form of winds, dust and chemical evolution. I work on the processes that affect the survival and dynamics of planetary systems when stars leave the main sequence, on the structures formed by mass-loss, stellar rotation and the movement of the star through the interstellar medium, on the processing of chemical elements and in the chemical evolution of galaxies, planetary nebulae and white dwarfs.

I started my scientific career at the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias where I did my PhD thesis on Asymptotic Giant Branch stars, the formation of Planetary Nebulae and the interaction of evolved stars with the Interstellar Medium. At the end of my PhD I joined the Hubble Space Telescope Science Institute as a NASA postdoc (2001-03) to work on hot stars in the Magellanic Clouds. In 2004 I was hired by the European Space Agency at Hubble (2004-09) associated with the Science Policy Division where among other things I have been responsible for the director´s time and the Hubble time allocation committees. I returned to Spain in 2009 with a Ramón y Cajal Research Fellow and in 2010 I got a prestigious IRG European research grant from the Marie Curie 2010-2014 program. In 2013 I was hired as a permanent professor at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and in 2019 I obtained a position as a Scientific Researcher at the Center for Astrobiology, INTA-CSIC.

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Keywords Exoplanets, Stellar evolution, Chemical evolution, Hydrodynamics


Circumstellar material in its various forms: disks, dust, asteroids, planetesimals, (proto)planets and exocomets.

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