Born in 1970 in Oviedo, Spain, David graduated in Biology from the Universidad de Oviedo. His postgraduate work involved the application of numeric techniques for the ﬁtting of multiparametric models to stability data, the development of symbolic mathematic language interpreters and signal processing software tools.
In 1998 he was appointed by Thermo Fisher Scientiﬁc to work as a Laboratory Informatics Consultant and he was later appointed as Services Delivery Manager for Spain, Portugal and Latin America. During his time at Thermo he gained international experience in professional services and the implementation of laboratory information management systems for a broad range of research, analytical and industrial sectors.
In 2001 he accepted the position as Head Bioinformatician at the molecular diagnostics company Genomica (Zeltia), where he worked at the Functional Genomics Unit to help set up one of the ﬁrst privately-held microarray laboratory facilities in Spain to focus on the development of cancer biomarker discovery tools.
David later joined the Centro Nacional de Biotecnología, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientíﬁcas (CSIC), Madrid, as Technical Manager for the Spanish National Bioinformatics Institute (INB). He was in charge of establishing a nation-wide Bioinformatics platform to support large-scale genome projects.
He joined the CNIO as Head of the bioinformatics Unit in 2006.