06 February 2019
Director of National Centre for Cancer Research (CNIO) and Head of Telomeres and Telomerase Group
Maria Blasco has a PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the "Severo Ochoa" Centre for Molecular Biology, and is a specialist in telomeres and telomerase. In 1993 she moved to Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, New York, where she joined the laboratory led by Carol W. Greider. She returned to Spain in 1997 to set up her own research group at the National Biotechnology Centre (CSIC; Madrid). In 2003 she moved to the National Centre for Cancer Research (CNIO, Madrid) as Director of the Molecular oncology Service and and Head of the Telomeres and Telomerase Group. In 2005 she was appointed Assistant Director of Basic Research at CNIO, and in June 2011 she was named Director of the CNIO.
For more than 20 years, Blasco's work has focused on demonstrating the importance of telomeres and telomerase in cancer and in diseases related to ageing. Blasco received the Award for Scientific Merit from the Regional Government of Valencia in In October 2017, and has been awarded three Honorary Doctorates: from Carlos III University, Madrid, from the University of Alicante and, most recently, from the University of Murcia.