- Dr. M. Montoya did her PhD in “Instituto de Salud Carlos III” in Madrid under the supervision of Dr. M del Val. Her PhD topic was the limiting steps in the classical MHC class I antigen processing and presentation in viral infections. Afterwards, she moved to work as a research scientist in the group headed by D. P. Borrow in The Edward Jenner Institute for Vaccine Research (UK), a centre focused in vaccine design. Scientific contributions by M. Montoya on dendritic cell function and immunity in the context of natural viral infections are considered reference papers in the field.
- In 2005, Dr. M. Montoya joined “Centre de Recerca en Sanitat Animal (CReSA)” in Barcelona, Spain as a group leader establishing a new line of research studying the interaction of influenza virus with natural hosts such as pigs but also in ferrets. Besides, she has designed new vaccines strategies in animal health. In 2014, Dr. M. Montoya moved to The Pirbright Institute as porcine immunologist. Dr. M. Montoya´s main interests are focused on the immunological mechanisms involved in virus-host interaction in viral diseases such as Influenza virus and African Swine Fever virus.