Gara holds a BS degree in Chemical Engineering (MIT 1998). Before entering the PhD program in 1999 at the Universtiy of Barcelona, she worked in the consulting world, in small business solutions. Her thesis, also in the department of chemical engineering, developed a methodology for quantifying the recyclability of materials. Presently she is a postdoc researcher at ICTA and also teaches in the masters program of environmental sciences and in the department of chemical engineering. Presently, her research is focused in industrial ecology, namely: renewable energy resources, exergy analysis, material flow accounting, and urban metabolism studies. She concentrates on the accounting of chemicals in our society, from their extraction to their use and final disposal or dissipation, establishing what-if scenarios and questioning present use in view of policy and future needs.