Dr. Figueroa holds a bachelor's degree in biology from Complutense University of Madrid (UCM, 1997), and PhD in biochemistry and molecular biology from Autónoma University of Madrid (UAM, 2002). For almost six years, she carried out her research activity in prestigious international research institutions including: the Institute for Molecular Bioscience, Queensland University, (Australia, 2001), the National Institute on Aging - National Institute of Health (NIA-NIH, USA, 2002) and, as postdoctoral fellow, in the Laboratory for Molecular Cell Biology - Medical Research Council - University College London (UK, 2003-2008). In 2009, she joined the A Coruña Biomedical Research Institute (INIBIC), belonging to A Coruña University Hospital, where she directs the Epithelial Plasticity and Metastasis research group (http://www.epithelial-plasticity-metastasis.com/).
Dr. Figueroa is a member of the Board of Directors of ASEICA (Spanish Cancer Research Association) and a member of several international research societies such as the European Association for Cancer Research (EACR). In 2012, she received the "XIX Rafael Hervada Prize" in recognition of her scientific work developed in the field of Biomedical Cancer Research.
The mission of her research program is to integrate basic and clinical cancer research, focusing on the impact of the epithelial plasticity in metastasis and drug resistance.