Beatriz obtained her PhD in Chemistry in 2005 from the UAB, conducting part of her doctoral research at the publicly run AgResearch (New Zealand) and at the University of Ioannina (Greece). She conducted postdoctoral research on biosensors for mycotoxins at the University of Perpignan (UPVD) (2005–07). Her research involved short stays at LISE (CNRS), University Marie et Pierre Curie, and at the International Center of Biodynamics (Romania). In 2007, she started a 15-month Japan Society for the Promotion of Science fellowship at the Tokyo University of Technology. Then, she returned to the UPVD prior to starting a Juan de la Cierva fellowship at IBEC. In 2012, she joined the University of South Australia as Research Associate, where one year later won a Senior Research Fellowship. After four years, she joined Monash University as Senior Research Fellow. In 2018 she moved to the URV as Ramón y Cajal Fellow.
Her research aims to deliver versatile nanoarchitectures as building blocks of bespoke diagnostics, by harnessing high-precision porous silicon fabrication methods, and advances in engineering surface functionalities. Their assembly in hierarchical structures, with tuneable surface chemistry, and displayed bioreceptors, is strongly intertwined with the material’s functions. Her interest lies in gathering new knowledge on the relationship between nanoarchitecture/displayed functionalities and function, to design sensors underpinning personalised clinical management of infections. The next generation of diagnostics is expected to meet the needs for host-immune response assessment, pathogen-associated and antibiotic resistance biomarkers detection, and monitoring of antibiotic levels. The potential of these tools to guide antibiotics choice is foreseen as a key driver toward effective treatment, protecting patients from antibiotics adverse effects, and dwindling antibiotic resistance.