Margarita Salas Falgueras (Spain)

Scientific pioneer of Molecular Biology in Spain. She received her Ph.D. in Sciences and then moved to New York University to work with the Nobel Prize Severo Ochoa, where she acquired a solid background in Molecular Biology. After three years she returned to Madrid, introducing, with Eladio Viñuela, her husband, the Molecular Biology in Spain. She is Professor as Honorem of the Spanish Council for Scientific Research at the Center of Molecular Biology "Severo Ochoa".  She has been President of the Institute of Spain and of the Royal Board of the National Library of Spain. She is Member of the Royal Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the European Academy of Yuste, the Royal Spanish Academy and the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, Member of the Governing Board of the State Research Agency (CSIC), among others. She is President of the Severo Ochoa Foundation. She is Doctor Honoris Causa of 10 universities. Her research has resulted in 400 publications in prestigious international journals. She has directed 35 doctoral theses, and a hundred scientists were trained in her laboratory in the field of Molecular Biology.