Dr Mariana Lopez has a background in music, sound design and acoustics. Her MA dissertation (University of York) focused on exploring the creation of a new format of sonic art entitled 'audio film' that may be considered as an alternative to Audio Description for visually impaired audiences. In 2013 she completed her PhD at the University of York on the importance of virtual acoustics to further our understanding of medieval drama. Mariana joined CoDE Research Institute (Anglia Ruskin University) in 2014 as a Senior Research Fellow and started a lectureship in Sound Production and Post Production at the University of York in September 2016. She is the Principal Investigator for the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded project 'Enhancing Audio Description', which seeks to utilise sound design techniques to rethink accessibility to film and television. Mariana is also active in the field of sound design, having worked on a number of short films and theatre productions.