What is your position or role in the DESI project?
I am a Theoretical Cosmologist working on the nature of Dark Energy and Dark Matter, where I have proposed new ideas related with Primordial Black Holes (PBH) and General Relativistic Entropic Acceleration (GREA).
Where were you born?
In Madrid, Spain, a member of a large family of scientists that date back several generations.
Where do you live now?
Also in Madrid, where I have a family with two children, a girl and a boy, aged 25 and 20 respectively. My wife is also a scientist, working in the LIGO-Virgo-KAGRA Collaboration.
What do you do as part of DESI?
I am now a member of the Publication Board, where I act as Handler for DESI collaboration papers. A year ago I was co-chair of the Education and Public Outreach team, that strives to make DESI’s scientific projects understandable by the general public.
What is the most interesting or exciting thing about your job?
Making theoretical predictions that can be tested with present-day observations.
Any advice for an aspiring scientist?
Explore what you like and think out of the box!
What do you do for fun?
Thinking in Science is the real fun! Well, I also enjoy oil painting, but this is mostly for relaxation. I attach here one of my last paintings.
If you weren’t a scientist, what would be your dream job?
I can’t even imagine it…!
What excites/interests you most about DESI?
The shear volume of exquisite data and the far-reaching fundamental physics scientific products (DM/DE) that this data will give us access to.