Francisco J Blanco obtained his PhD in Chemistry at the Complutense University of Madrid in 1992. As a predoc at IEM-CSIC he used NMR for the characterization of linear peptides folding into β-hairpins. As a postdoct at EMBL he studied the structure and folding of spectrin SH3 domain, and at NIH he used solid state NMR to study the structure of HIV-Rev protein fibers. He moved back to CSIC in 2000 and participated in a structural genomics project determining the structure of a protein with a novel fold. He joined the CNIO in 2002 as a Ramón y Cajal researcher where he studied tumour suppressor ING4 and several meganucleases. In 2007 he moved to CIC bioGUNE as IKERBASQUE Research Professor to work on the structural biology of cancer using NMR and other methods. In 2020 he established his lab at CIB-CSIC. He has authored 120 publications with more than 5000 citations, and an h-index of 38. He has supervised 8 PhD Thesis, and is Honorary Professor of the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.