María José García Borge completed a BSc in Physics, majoring in fundamental physics, at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid in 1978, and earned her PhD in Physics from the same university in 1982, before taking up a postdoctoral research position at the University of Arizona (United States). A Research Professor at the Institute of the Structure of Matter (IEM-CSIC), her specialist field is the nuclear structure of exotic nuclei, where her findings include new radon isotopes and new exotic modes of decay. She has also characterized the halo structure of nuclei by numerous processes. Author of more than 300 publications, between 2012 and 2015 she was head of ISOLDE, the CERN facility dedicated to frontier research on the atomic nucleus. She holds honorary doctorates from Chalmers University of Technology (Sweden) and the University of Huelva (Spain), and is an advisor to diverse nuclear physics facilities in Italy, Germany, the United States, Japan and South Korea.