Alicia studied Biology at the Universidad Autónoma of Madrid (UAM). In 2018, during her bachelor thesis at the group of Dr. Pablo Lapunzina and Dr. Jair A. Tenorio at the INGEMM (Institute of medical and molecular genetics) she discovered how interesting the bioinformatics pathway could be. In her project she worked with DNAseq data to discover possible mutations associated with Overgrowth Syndromes, gaining practice in experimental techniques and posterior analysis of NGS data. After this experience, in September 2018, she decided to enroll in a Master program in Bioinformatics at the Katholieke Universiteit in Leuven, Belgium. She performed her master thesis at the REGA Institute in Leuven at the group of Dr. Jeroen Raes and Dr. Doris Vandeputte, investigating the possible association of the urea degradation and bacteria populations in the gut. Her work let Alicia gain understanding in the analysis of microbiome shotgun metadata and phylogenomic tools.
Currently, she is a member of the Structural Genomics group led by Marc Marti-Renom at the National Center for Genomic Analysis – CNAG in Barcelona, where she is focused on 3D modelling of genomes through the integration of diverse experimental data.