Diego is originally from Valdivia in southern Chile. He obtained a BSc and MSc in Electronic Engineering from U Santa María in Valparaiso, Chile, and a PhD from the Hamilton Institute, Ireland.

He was a Research Fellow in Biomathematics at Imperial College London (2013-2018) and currently holds a joint faculty appointment between the School of Informatics and the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Edinburgh. Diego holds advisory roles at the World Economic Forum and is Associate Editor for the journals Microbial Cell Factories and Frontiers in Synthetic Biology. He is part of programme committees of several international conferences and referee for over 20 scientific journals.