Francisca has a degree in Medicine and Surgery from the University of Alicante (1986–1992) and did her medical internship residency at Hospital Virgen de la Arrixaca in Murcia specializing in Nuclear Medicine (1993–1997). She obtained her PhD at University of Murcia (1998) with the Doctoral Thesis: "MIBI-Tc-99m in the differential diagnosis of breast injuries".
She worked as a nuclear medicine specialist at Hospital Virgen de la Arrixaca in Murcia from 1999 to 2007. In 2007 she moved to the Spanish National Cancer Research Center (CNIO) to lead the Molecular Imaging Unit, where she has continue developing her career in the field.
She has broad expertise in molecular imaging techniques both preclinical and clinical, and lately her research is devoted to the use of imaging techniques applied to oncologic diseases.
Francisca has published a significant number of papers in top peer-review journals, and she participates in several courses and conferences as an expert speaker in the molecular imaging field. Francisca is nationally and internationally recognized, she has been member of the international consortia (M+Vision) between the Massachusetts Institute of technology (MIT)
and the Comunidad de Madrid since the inception of this program.
Francisca participates as category chair of oncology in the European Molecular Imaging Congress and was part of the organizing committee of the 2018 ESMI meeting and is member of the Spanish PET imaging group.
She is a member of the CNIO WISE (Women in Science Office) since the beginning of the office (October 2012), and was its events and seminar coordinator.