Lucia obtained her B.A. from the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid in Spain, where she trained in the lab of Gonzalo Garcia de Polavieja.
After a summer working on vision in box jellyfish in the lab of Dan Nilsson at Lund University in Sweden, she joined Michael Bates' group at the University of Cambridge, UK for her PhD, where she studied the embryonic development of the Drosophila olfactory system.
For her postdoc she worked on the evolution of olfactory pathways in Drosophila, in the lab of Richard Benton at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland. She has received multiple awards, including the FENS EJN Young Investigator Prize 2018 and the 2018 L’Oreal-UNESCO for women in science Fellowship.
In addition to her lab work, Lucia founded and runs TReND (Teaching and Research in Natural Sciences for Development) in Africa, work for which she received the Passion in Science Award 2016.