Education: Ph. D. In Biochemistry and molecular Biology (1989), Department Biotechnology, Universidad Politécnica de Valencia (UPV).
• Research Professor at CSIC since 2007. Instituto de Biología Molecular y Celular de Plantas (IBMCP). Valencia
• Full Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, 2000-2007.
• Associated Professor, 1992-2000. Department of Biotechnology (UPV). Staff Scientist at IBMCP.
• Postdoctoral Research Associate, 1990-1991. The Salk Institute for Biological Studies (La Jolla, CA, USA). Laboratory of Dr. C. Lamb.
• Associated Professor, 1989. Department of Biotechnology (UPV).
Author of > 90 articles, 5 patents, participation in >25 research projects (in most cases as PI). Dr. Vera has performed pioneer work in the field on plant immunity and during the last decade has implemented his skills in the field of Bionenergy and in the development of new energy crops. Ad-hoc reviewer for multitude of Journals related to Plant Biology and Biotechnology issues as well as member of different panels and reviewer of different National and International Programs and Financing Agencies. Has been founding member of three science-based green biotech SMEs and has dedicated part of his time also to science managing and administration, and more in particular: 2000-2004: Scientific Manager of the Spanish Biotechnology Program (Ministry of Science and Technology (MCyT) and Ministry of Education and Science (MEC)). 2000-present: Member of different Scientific Advisory Boards (SABs) corresponding to private biotech enterprises and financing bodies. 2003-2007: Scientific Representation of Spain in ERAnet on Plant Genomics. 2003-2007: Scientific Coordinator and Manager for the Opening of National Programs on Plant Genomics and Plant Biotechnology representing Spain, Germany and France on Trilateral Initiatives. 2003-2007: Spanish Scientific Representative for EUROCORES (in particular EuroSCOPE) within the European Science Foundation. 2003-205: Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the MEC-Associated Fundation “Genoma España”. 2005-2008: Member of Steering Committee of European Plant GEMs. 2006-2009: Member of the Scientific Committee of the Spanish Agency for Food Safety (AESA). 2006-2008: Spanish representative and member of the Network on the “Knowledge Based Bio-Economy” (KBBE-NET). 2007: Co-organizer of PlantGEM6. 2007: Panel member of “Forward Look Plant Genomics meets new challenges” (ERA-PG orgn.). 2008: Panel member of “2020 European Vision for Plant Science” (BBSRC + GRF organ.). 2009: Scientific Advisor of Secretary of State of Research in Bioenergy and Plant Genomics at the Spanish Ministry of Research and Innovation (MICINN). 2009: Spanish representative for the European Industrial Bioenergy Initiative (EIBI). 2009: Member of the European Scientific Forum Research Infrastructure (ESFRI) Committee. 2010-2012: SAP member of the ERASysmo on System Biology. 2006-2012: Member of the Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) of GABI (Plant Genome Research Program) from the German Federal Ministry of Education, Research and Technology (BMBF). 2013-2017: SAB member of the PLANT2030 program promoting genome-based initiatives in Germany (BMBF).