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Dr. Maria González Esguevillas

B.S., Universidad de Salamanca, 2008

M.S., Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, 2011

Ph.D., Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, 2014

Maria was born in Zamora and grew up in Benavente, a small town in the northwest of Spain. After finishing her degree in Chemistry from University of Salamanca in 2008, she got a fellowship to work in the recognized pharmaceutical company, Eli Lilly and Company in Alcobendas where she learned to love organic chemistry research. In 2009 she moved to Autonomous University of Madrid to start her PhD thesis in the lab of Prof. Juan Carlos Carretero. Upon completing her PhD, María joined the MacMillan group as a postdoctoral research associate to work on the development of photoredox catalysis. After just over a year, María moved to Autonomous University of Barcelona to start her second postdoc focused on new methods for the synthesis of different epoxy resins and also she taught in different science degrees. In 2017, María joined again the MacMillan lab as a postdoctoral researcher inside of the LARP program to explore more about photoredox catalysis and its applications.

Fun Facts
  • After her first postdoctoral stay in Princeton, María went back to Spain and she ate ham every day for one month.
  • María usually says the same sentence for everything for a couple of months and then changes. The last one was “Always there are one better”.
  • María has a private competition and is completely unknown with the Spanish restaurants in Princeton. She always says that she cooks better.
  • María has two passions in her life: her nephews and music (she loves to sing, although also knows how to play guitar and piano, but she never wants to play in public).
  • She loves trekking and explores new places around the world.