Mercedes Salado Puerto qualified initially as a biologist and completed her doctorate in the Department of Biological Anthropology, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Spain). Forensic anthropologist, she was member of the Guatemalan Forensic Anthropology Team from 1998 to 2003. Since 2003 is member of the Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team (EAAF), where she currently works as Identification Coordinator. She is specialized in the historical investigation of cases of political violence, archaeological exhumation of individual and mass graves, and analysis of skeletal human remains in order to identify them and to assess the cause of death. She has been involved in forensic investigations and training in, among others,  Argentina, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Burundi, Central African Republic, Colombia, Cyprus, Chile, Georgia, Guatemala, Iran, Iraq, Ivory Coast, Lebanon, Morocco, Mexico, Nepal, Panama, Peru, South Africa, Sudan, Tchad, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Togo, Ukraine, Uruguay and Vietnam. She has been Lecturer in the Post-graduate Diploma in Forensic Anthropology and Human Rights (Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, Perú); the Master in Forensic Anthropology and Bioarchaeology (Graduate School of the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú); and the Doctorate in Anthropology at the Universidad Nacional de Córdoba (Argentina). She is member of the Latin American Association of Forensic Anthropology (ALAF) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Forensic Advisory Group.