Gabriela Guillena was born in Alicante (Spain) in 1970 and received her B.Sc. degree (1993) from the University of Alicante. After spending one year as postgraduate student in the group of Prof. D. Seebach (ETH, Zürich), she returned to the University of Alicante and received her M.Sc.(1995) and Ph.D. (2000) degrees. After two years as a postdoctoral fellow in the research group of Prof. G. van Koten (University of Utrecht, Netherlands), she returned to the University of Alicante where she became assistant professor (2003) and associate professor (2007) through the National Habilitation process. Her current research interest is focused on new organic methodologies and asymmetric organocatalysis.
Gabriela has co-directed two doctoral theses and co-authored six book chapters and around forty articles in international journals.