Salvador received a M. Sc. and his Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Valencia (UV), Spain, and he has been Professor of Applied Physics at UV since 1999.

Salvador Mafe's research program concerns the modeling of bioelectricity in multicellular systems in collaboration with Javier Cervera (UV), in addition to theoretical and experimental work on the electrical properties of artificial nanopores with Patricio Ramirez (UPV) and other groups in the European Union, USA, and Japan.

He received the Extraordinary End of Degree Award and the PhD Extraordinary Award from the University of Valencia, the Young Researchers Award from the Spanish Royal Society of Physics, and the Tajima Prize for Young Researchers from the International Society of Electrochemistry. He has been collaborating with Michael Levin and other members of the Allen Discovery Center on the simulation of the bioelectricity of non-excitable cells and multicellular pattern memories.