Durham University, UK
Aurora joined the Chemistry Department at Durham University (Durham, UK) in 2022 where she leads a group of talented researchers in the area of Molecular Crystalline Materials and Crystallisation.
After obtaining her PhD from the University of Cambridge (2008), she worked at Pfizer and then held several postdoctoral positions at the Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre, the University of Amsterdam and Hofmann-La Roche. For nearly seven years, Aurora led a group in crystallisation in the Chemical Engineering Department at the University of Manchester. At Durham, Aurora continues her research in crystallisation and materials design, with a strong focus on understanding polymorphism, nucleation and crystal growth kinetics of pharmaceuticals.
Aurora has won several excellence prizes including the Best Chemistry Degree National Award in Spain (2002), the PANAlytical Thesis Prize in Physical Crystallography (2009) and the British Crystallographic Association Lecture Prize (2023). She has also been the recipient of competitive research fellowships such as the NWO VENI Talent Research Fellowship in the Netherlands (2011) and the Royal Society Industry Fellowship in AstraZeneca (2018). Aurora works very closely with the industry supporting impactful research and knowledge transfer.
Aurora is an Editorial Board Member of CrystEngComm and Crystal Growth and Design and has served as topic editor and guest editor for both these journals. She is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and is one of the founders of the Women in Crystal Engineering (WiCE) group. Aurora is a passionate supporter of diversity and inclusion. She is also a mother of a wonderful boy, loves her family, travelling, photography, music (she is a qualified classical guitar teacher) and Spain.