Department of Pathobiology and Population Sciences
Maria graduated in Veterinary Medicine in Spain, developing strong interest in the socio-economic and public health impact of animal health.
She conducted the MSc One Health at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM).
Since 2015, she has been part of the Veterinary Epidemiology, Economics and Public Health group at RVC, involved in a variety of projects related to food systems in Low and Middle Income countries and Europe, assessing socio-economic drivers and decision-making processes of stakeholders across food systems, which have an impact on animal health, public health, livelihoods and the environment.
She is currently conducting a PhD as a collaboration between RVC and the CGIAR AMR Hub (ILRI and WorldFish), studying linkages between governance and antimicrobial use in aquaculture systems in Vietnam to develop a decision making tool that simulates intervention scenarios to reduce antimicrobial use.
She is interested in systems thinking approaches that improve interventions and decision-making processes among stakeholders.