Professor Pilar Aranda became Rector of the University of Granada on 27 May 2015. She is a Professor of Physiology and has held teaching positions at the Faculty of Pharmacy, the Faculty of Sport Science and at the Centre for Continuous Learning. Over the course of her academic career, she has gained a wealth of experience lecturing at other Spanish universities and at international institutions, most notably in Latin America.
Her distinguished research career, which she has pursued as a member of the Digestive Physiology and Nutrition Research Group and at the "José Mataix Verdú" Institute of Nutrition and Food Technology (INYTA), has focused primarily on drug-nutrient interactions, the assessment of nutritional status in groups with pathological conditions, and the promotion of healthy lifestyle habits. From 2002 to the present day, she has been the Principal Investigator in eight major research projects.
She is the author of numerous publications in prestigious international journals and her pioneering research has been presented at renowned national and international conferences.
In the area of university management and research policy, she has been an active member of the Governing Councils of Andalusian Research Institutes and bodies such as the Andalusian Centre for Developmental Biology (CABD), the Andalusian Environment Centre (CEAMA) and the Andalusian Knowledge Agency (AAK). Moreover, she has held the influential positions of Executive Secretary of the Andalusian Research Plan Committee, and Director of the Euro-Arab Foundation for Higher Studies.
Since 1982, she has been a member of the University Senate. She was the Director of the Student Support Service (SAE) from 1989 to 1992 and was appointed Vice-Rector for Student Services and Employability in 1992. Until June 2015 — when she was appointed Rector of the University of Granada — she was a member of the Governing Council and of the Advisory Committee for Postgraduate Studies. Currently, she is a member of the Standing Committee of the Conference of Rectors of Spanish Universities (CRUE).
She has received significant awards for her professional achievements, including the 2016 Meridiana Award (“Carmen Olmedo” Special Mention from the Andalusian Women’s Institute), which was conferred by the Regional Government of Andalusia’s Department of Equality and Social Policy; the 2016 Recognition Award for Women Committed to Equality from the Federation of Independent Commerce Workers (FETICO - Federación de Trabajadores Independientes de Comercio); and an Ad Honorem Membership of the Association of Women in Research and Technology for her outstanding contributions to science.
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