Maria A. Blasco obtained her PhD in 1993 for her research at the Centro de Biología Molecular "Severo Ochoa" in Madrid. That same year, Blasco joined the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
in New York (USA) as a Postdoctoral Fellow. In 1997 she returned to Spain to start her own research group at the Centro Nacional de Biotecnología in Madrid. She joined the CNIO in 2003 as
Director of the Molecular Oncology Programme and Leader of the Telomeres and Telomerase Group. In 2005 she was also assigned as Vice-Director of Basic Research and in 2011 she was appointed as
CNIO Director. Her research actitvity is focussed on the field of telomeres and telomerase.