Pilar has a Degree in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Zaragoza and a Doctorate from the University of Edinburgh (UK). She began her research activity in 2000 with several postdoctoral contracts in internationally renowned centers including the University of Edinburgh, the University of Glasgow, the Moredun Research Institute and the Roslin Institute.
In 2012, she joined the Instituto de Investigación en Recursos Cinegéticos (IREC – CSIC, UCLM, JCCM) as a member of the Research Group in Health and Biotechnology (SaBio), where she is in charge of the tissue culture facilities.
Her main research activity focuses on vector-borne bacteria, mainly A. phagocytophilumusing tick cells as a model for the tick-pathogen interface. Understanding this interaction is key for the development of strategies to prevent and control tick infestations and tick-borne infectious agents.