Beatriz Fernández Fuertes is a Marie Sklodowska-Curie postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Biology, University of Girona, where she also teaches. Her main interest is the male aspect of fertility, specifically the interactions between sperm and the female reproductive tract that are required for successful fertilization and pregnancy. Her current project aims to understand how immune modulation of the maternal reproductive tract by seminal plasma and sperm contributes to pregnancy success in cattle.
Dr. Fernández Fuertes obtained her degree in Veterinary Medicine from Universidad Complutense de Madrid in 2012. She also holds a MSc degree in Veterinary Medicine from the same institution, and a MSc degree in Pharmacoeconomics from the Universidad Carlos III (Madrid, Spain) both obtained in 2013. She received her PhD in Reproductive Biology from University College Dublin (Ireland) in 2016, where she was also awarded a two year postdoctoral fellowship funded by Science Foundation Ireland.
The work that Dr. Fernández Fuertes has carried out during this early stage of her scientific career has led to the publication of 14 articles in top (first quartile) SCI/JCR-indexed journals. In addition, she has had the opportunity to present her work at a variety of international conferences, including the International Congress on Animal Reproduction (ICAR) and the International Embryo Technology Society (IETS). She is a member of different societies including the IETS, where she is part of the Board of Governors of the Student Group (the “Morulas”); the Society for the Study of Reproduction, and the Spanish Research Society in Ireland. In addition, she serves as reviewer for several leading international peer-reviewed journals in her field.