Sara García

Sara García

Born in León in 1989, she studied Biotechnology at the University of León, finishing first in her class, and obtaining two awards for academic excellence. After specialising with a Master of Research, she moved to the Cancer Research Centre of Salamanca, where she earned her PhD cum laude in Molecular Biology of Cancer and Translational Medicine, obtaining a Doctoral Excellence Award for the best doctoral dissertation in medicine. During this period, she worked on identifying therapeutic targets and mechanisms of drug resistance in different types of cancer.

Since 2019, she has worked as a researcher at the National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO), where she is the head of a project to discover new pharmaceuticals for lung and pancreas cancer in the laboratory of Spanish biochemist Mariano Barbacid.

In November 2022, she was selected by the European Space Agency from among 23,000 candidates, becoming the first Spanish woman candidate for astronaut. She is currently a member of the reserve astronaut corps of the ESA.


CNIO Researcher and European Space Agency reserve astronaut