Since an early age, Raul has always been intrigued about the rules governing the universe and life. After realizing he lacked the brains to understand the universe part, he scaled down to Biology, with a special focus on genetics. He started his research life in Cordoba, his hometown in southern Spain, working with genes controlling wheat starch composition, and then moved to Tasmania to complete his PhD on flowering time control in chickpea. After a little break, he has re-joined the Green Fuse group as a post-doc and is applying his previous knowledge to further investigate chickpea and lentil phenology control. In his spare time, he enjoys reading historic novels and socializing with friends (even better if this also involves a soccer ball).