Yolanda was born in Madrid (Spain), where she did her Bachelor’s Science Degree in Biology with a specialty in Neurobiology and her Master’s degree in Neuroscience at Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain). During her Master's, she worked in Professor Javier Fernandez-Ruiz’s lab, evaluating the anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective role of cannabinoid CB2 receptors in microglia and the implications of new synthetic cannabinoids in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease. She pursued her PhD at Keele University (UK), supervised by Dr. Monte Gates and Dr. Heidi Fuller, studying how aging modifies the proteome of the substantia nigra, which might affect the vulnerability of dopamine neurons to degenerate in Parkinson’s. Her current work in Blanco-Suarez’s and Iacovitti’s labs at Jefferson focuses on understanding the potential of stem cell-derived extracellular vesicles to improve functional recovery after stroke with a focus on their underlying mechanisms. In the future, she would like to study in detail how astrocytes might be modified by age and the implication that this has on specific diseases. She believes that it is essential for the general public to be involved and understand science, which is why she has organized multiple and diverse public engagement events during her career. During her free time, she loves being outdoors, cycling, bikepacking, and rock climbing. She also enjoys attending concerts, meeting new people, and trying new restaurants with her beloved friends.