My name is Elsa Prada and since 2020 I am a tenured researcher at the Instituto de Ciencias de Materiales de Madrid (ICMM) that belongs to the Spanish Research Council (CSIC). Previously, I was an associate professor at the Autonoma University of Madrid. I have more than 20 years of experience in condensed matter theory research, working on systems where quantum phenomena play an important role, such as low dimensional materials and nanostructures.
During my career I have worked on quantum transport and entanglement in mesoscopic systems, I have made many contributions to our understanding of the properties of graphene and other two-dimensional crystals, and during the last decade I have focused more intensely on the topological properties of matter. In particular, I have specialized in topological superconductors based on hybrid nanowires and the search for Majorana bound states, covering a wide range of problems in this system: spectroscopy, Josephson effect, interactions, non-locality, finite-length effects, coupled quantum dots, non-topological Majoranas, full-shell nanowires, etc. I have co-authored almost 30 publications in this field, including a Science, a Nature and a Nature Reviews Physics.