María Vallet-Regí was born in Las Palmas, Spain. She studied Chemistry at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain) and received her PhD at the same university in 1974. She is full professor of Inorganic Chemistry and head of the research group Smart Biomaterials in the Department of Inorganic and Bioinorganic Chemistry of the Faculty of Pharmacy at Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Prof. Vallet-Regí has written more than 600 articles and several books. She was the most cited Spanish scientist (regardless of gender), according to ISI Web of Knowledge, in the field of Materials Science in these past decades.

She is Fellow of Biomaterials Science and Engineering at the International College of Fellows of Biomaterials Science and Engineering (ICF-BSE), Numbered Fellow of the Spanish Royal Academy of Engineering and the Royal National Academy of Pharmacy.

She has received the Prix Franco-Espagnol 2000 from Societé Française de Chimie, the Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry (RSEQ) award in Inorganic Chemistry 2008, the Spanish National Research Award in Engineering 2008, FEIQUE Research award 2011 and the RSEQ Research Award and Gold Medal 2011.

Expertise

- Bioceramic based bone grafting materials and scaffolds for regenerative biomedicine.

- Production and study of bioceramic systems for controlled release of biotechnological and antitumoral species.

- Nanoparticles and biocompatible matrices for biotechnological applications.

- Silica based ordered mesoporous materials as release systems of biologically active species, cell encapsulation in silica porous materials, mesoporous materials for gene therapy and transfection, organic-inorganic hybrid materials