Verònica Ahufinger is associate professor of the Physics Department at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) since 2010. In 2002, after finishing her PhD in Physics at the UAB under the supervision of Prof. R. Corbalán, she moved as a Marie Curie Fellow for two years to the Leibniz Universität, Hannover (Germany) and from 2005 to 2010, she was ICREA researcher. In the last years, she has worked in the control of the external degrees of freedom of matter waves and in the use of ultracold atoms in optical lattices as quantum simulators. She has 62 peer-reviewed publications with more than 2600 citations and is co-author with Prof. M. Lewenstein and Prof. A. Sanpera of the book Ultracold atoms in optical lattices: simulating quantum many body physics, Oxford University Press 2012. She has supervised 4 PhD Thesis (presently supervising 3 more), 10 Master Thesis and 23 final degree works (3 more under elaboration). She has been awarded with the PhD extraordinary award and the excellence research award of the UAB. From 2011 to 2014 she has been academic coordinator of the Physics degree and the double degrees of Physics+Mathematics and Physics+Chemistry at the UAB and from June 2014 to September 2016, she was vice-dean of the Faculty of Sciences of the same university. From July 2016 to July 2018, she was scientific collaborator of the Agencia Estatal de Investigación.