Abril C. Castro obtained her Bachelor (2010) and Master in Science degrees (2012) in Chemistry at the University of Guanajuato, Mexico, both received with Cum Laude honors and under the supervision of Prof. Gabriel Merino. In 2017, she obtained her Ph.D. degree in Chemistry with excellent Cum Laude honors at the Institut de Química Computacional i Catàlisi (IQCC) of the University of Girona (Spain) and under the guidance of Prof. Marcel Swart. In 2018, she obtained a postdoctoral position in the research group of Prof. J. Oscar C. Jiménez-Halla at the University of Guanajuato, Mexico. Currently, she is a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow and the elected representative of the Young Researchers Parliament at the Hylleraas Centre for Quantum Molecular Sciences of the University of Oslo, Norway.
During her research career, she has established a strong collaboration network with the renowned groups of Prof. J. Oscar C. Jiménez-Halla (University of Guanajuato, Mexico), Prof. David Tozer (Durham University, UK), Prof. Trygve Helgaker (University of Oslo, Norway), and Prof. Célia Fonseca Guerra (VUA, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands).
Her research was awarded in Mexico with a National Chemistry Prize by the Mexican Society of Thermodynamics and Center for Research and Advanced Studies (CINVESTAV) for the Best Master thesis in the area of Thermodynamics (2013). After her Ph.D. studies, she was awarded a prestigious Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship funded by the European Union to join the Hylleraas Centre of the University of Oslo, Norway. From early 2019, she holds the National Researcher Level 1 (SNI I) distinction granted by the National Council of Science and Technology of Mexico (CONACyT).