Ana Maria Rey received her Ph.D. from the University of Maryland in 2004. Her Ph.D. research on ultracold bosonic atoms loaded in optical lattices was done in a combined program between the university and NIST, Gaithersburg. For this work, she received the 2005 DAMOP Thesis Prize. She followed her Ph.D. studies with a postdoctoral fellowship at the Institute for Theoretical Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. In the fall of 2008 she became an associate fellow of JILA and a research assistant professor at the department of Physics at the University of Colorado. Her current research efforts focus on using ultracold atoms and molecules to study the physics of strongly correlated materials, to investigate nonequilibrium phenomena, to perform quantum information processing and precision measurements.