Dr. Cadenas-Sanchez is a Marie Curie postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University and at the Palo Alto VA Health Care System. Her research is focused on: i) the effect of exercise program on brain and physical health in children with obesity; ii) the effect of exercise on different fat depots (intermuscular, pancreatic, visceral, subcutaneous, and hepatic fat) in children with obesity; and iii) the cancer and non-communicable disease prevention through physical fitness/physical activity. She is currently running as principal investigator the PreCaFit (Prevention Cancer through physical fitness, European Union-funded) project which examines the relationship between fitness, physical activity and cancer. Further, to ensure the scalability of the results, PreCaFit project will examine the effects of exercise on cancer biomarkers.

She earned her bachelor's, master's and doctorate's degree from the University of Granada (Spain). She has more than 100 scientific articles (indexed in Journal Citation report), and several books and book-chapters published. Some of the articles have been published in high-impact journals (JAMA Network Open, Diabetes Care, Sports Medicine, Journal of Hepatology, etc.), of which four are/have been considered as highly cited papers (Thomson Reuters). She is recognized as a worldwide expert (among top-15) on physical fitness and cardiorespiratory fitness by ExpertScape. She was also selected as one of the most highlighted Spanish women researcher (including non-Spanish women but working in a Spanish institution) by the Spanish National Research Council. Also, she has received several awards as best young researcher.