Maria Garcia-Parajo is an ICREA Research Professor at ICFO-Institute of Photonic Sciences, leading the Single Molecule Biophotonics group. Her research interests lie at the interface between Physics, Photonics and Biology. She obtained her PhD in Physical Electronics in 1999 at Imperial Colleague, UK. Previous experience includes research at L2M-CNRS Paris (FR) and University of Twente (NL). To date she has published more that 200 papers. She coordinates several international research projects, and is member of various international scientific advisory, executive and editorial boards. She has received several prestigious awards, including National Prize in Biophysics (2017), AdvERC grant (2017) and Emmy Noether Laurate from the European Physical Society (2020). She is co-coordinator of the Winter School in Advanced Microscopy Techniques for the MMRES.