Diego is originally from Valdivia in southern Chile. He obtained a BSc and MSc in Control Theory and 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 appointment between the School of Informatics and the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Edinburgh. He is part of programme committees of several international conferences and referee for over 20 scientific journals. He also has a number of relevant roles: