Dr. Zavala studied Agronomy at the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina and graduated as MS in 2000. She then joined the research group of Prof. James at the Institute of General and Inorganic Chemistry, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (IGIC-BAS). He received his PhD degree in 2004 and a two-year postdoc at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, Jena, Germany. After two year postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign supervised by Profs May Berenbaum and Evan DeLucia, USA he obtained the position of an Associate Professor at the University of Buenos Aires, School of Agronomy. He has published more than 70 research articles in SCI(E) journals.