Prof. Micaela Carvajal Alcaraz has an MSc in Biology (1989) and an MSc in Water Science and Technology (1991) from the Faculty of Biology and the Water Institute at the University of Murcia respectively. In 1992, she finished her PhD in Biology at the University of Murcia obtaining the highest qualification Cum Laude. She was a postdoctoral researcher at Long Ashton Research Station, Bristol, where she studied the role of nutrients in the functionality of aquaporins.
In 1998, she joined the CEBAS-CSIC (The Spanish National Research Council) as a tenured member, and since 2009 she is professor in Science. Her research interests are the study of salinity and water absorption through aquaporin. She is the author of 114 SCI publications, 30 book chapters and 33 collective volumes. She has also participated in 40 research projects, 28 of them as coordinator and she has supervised 12 doctoral theses. In terms of Science and Technology transfer activities, she has three licensed patents, and from 2009, she was involved in the creation of two spin-offs at the CSIC, as investor in the technology-based company Aquaporins & Ingredients and as founder of the company AQP-Dermoactivity in 2018.
She received the Young Scientist Francisco Sabater award in 2001 by the Spanish Society of Plant Physiology and the Murcian Scientist Woman award in 2005 by the Government of Murcia.