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José María holds a Doctoral Degree from the University of Barcelona (Honors Doctorate and European Doctorate Mention), a Master Degree in Public Health from University of Pompeu Fabra and a Diploma in Statistics from the University of Extremadura. He is currently an Associate Professor at the International University of Catalonia.



As a part of the pre-doctoral research realized a research stay of a several months at the Institute for Pharmacological Research “Mario Negri” in Milan. During the postdoctoral training he conducted research and was teaching at Northeastern University (Boston), Harvard School of Public Health (Boston) and the Institute for Pharmacological Research “Mario Negri” (Milan).

He worked as a statistician and researcher (2007-2015) at the Tobacco Control Unit of the Catalan Institute of Oncology (ICO). He is the principal investigator and collaborator in projects funded by national and international organizations (Health Research Fund, European Union, Government of Extremadura, etc.). He has published about 65 scientific articles that are indexed in Science Citation Index (Thomson-ISI). Several of these works have received awards from various scientific societies.

He has been a visiting or Associate Professor in several Spanish universities that train undergraduate and postgraduate students (International University of Catalonia, European University of Madrid, University of Extremadura).