Head, Service of Microbiology, University Hospital Reina Sofía and Titular Professor, Department of Microbiology, University of Córdoba, Córdoba, Spain (2016…). ESCMID Fellow.
He received his medical degree at the University of Córdoba (1983) and his doctorate from the University of Seville (1988). Residency in Clinical Microbiology at Hospital Puerta de Hierro, Madrid (1984-1987), and a fellow at the University of Seville (1988-1989). Postdoctoral education in the Department of Microbiology, University of Utrecht (1988-1989, Netherlands, Dr. Jan Verhoef) and in the Laboratory Research of the Infectious Disease Unit, Massachusetts General Hospital-Harvard University, Boston (1992-1993, USA, Dr. George A. Jacoby and Dr. David C. Hooper). He has been member staff of the Department of Microbiology of the University Hospital Virgen Macarena, Seville and Titular Professor of the Department of Microbiology, University of Seville (1989-2003), and Head of the Service of Microbiology, University Hospital Marqués de Valdecilla and Titular Professor, Department of Molecular Microbiology, University of Cantabria, Santander, Spain (2003-2016).
His primary research interest is antimicrobial agents, including mechanisms of resistance to antimicrobial agents in Gram-negative bacteria, molecular epidemiology of resistance, susceptibility testing of new antimicrobial agents, and evaluation of automatic-commercial methods for identification and susceptibility testing.
He has been an author or co-author of 5 books, numerous book chapters, and 340 papers in peer-reviewed journals (H-index: 54). He is the current President of COESANT (Spanish Committee of the Antibiogram) and has been member of the Executive Committee of EUCAST and the Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Heath Risks (SCENIHR), European Commission, Health and Consumers Directorate-General.