Dr Sandra Pérez Álvarez obtained her undergraduate degree in 1993 in Agronomic Engineering from the Agrarian University of Havana, Cuba, and her Master's degree in Plant Pathology in 2001 from Zhejiang University, China. In 2009 she graduated with a Doctorate in Agricultural Science from the Agrarian University of Havana.
Sandra was a Professor of Plant Physiology at the Agrarian University of Havana for 12 years, for which she received the Medal for Cuban Education. Her previous research includes studies on heavy metals and plant-pathogen interaction, specifically pertaining to the tobacco mosaic virus. She was a director of two bachelor theses and one Master's degree on heavy metals, and she was a director of two Master's degree theses related to plant-pathogen interaction.
She has more than 12 publications in Cuban and international journals, two book chapters accepted for publication and six reviewed papers for impact factor journals. She has participated in several international congresses and two international courses, which took place in Japan on environmental administration (in 2009) and in India on biotechnology (in 2012).
At the moment, Sandra works in Mexico at the Instituto Politécnico Nacional, where she is responsible for the Department of Agricultural Biotechnology.