M. Alejandra Tortorici works as a virologist at the Institut Pasteur, Paris, France. She is also visiting scientist at the Biochemistry Department, University of Washington, Seattle, USA. Dr Tortorici holds a Bachelor in Biological Sciences from the University of Buenos Aires, and a PhD from the University of La Plata. She carried out postdoctoral studies at the Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, USA and at the Molecular and Structural Virology Laboratory CNRS-INRA, Gif-sur-Yvette, France. During her research career, she focused on human and animal virus pathogens, with the goal of better understanding their mechanism of entry into cells and replication in order to develop new and better treatments.