Vanessa obtained her degree in Mechanical Engineering from University Simon Bolivar (Venezuela), where she was awarded her MEng degree with First Class Honours. She finished her PhD in Automatic Control and Industrial Informatics, that she obtained with “Les Felicitations du Jury”, from Ecole Centrale de Lille, France in 2003, her PhD work focused in lumped parameter models, simulation and optimization of cardiac dynamics. She was a Marie Curie Fellow (Intra-European Fellowship) from 2005 till 2007 in the Academic Unit of Medical Physics at the University of Sheffield. Vanessa was the scientific Coordinator of the “Virtual Physiological Human NoE” (www.vph-noe.eu) as well as the Principal Investigator of the EC funded (FP7) Marie Curie Initial Training Network “MeDDiCA” (www.meddica.eu) and the project“DISCIPULUS” (www.digital-patient.net). She currently holds an EPSRC grant (Personalised Medicine Through Learning in the Model Space) and a new Marie Curie ITN (VPH CaSE). Vanessa has been in UCL since September 2007.