Juan Carlos Acosta did his PhD with Professor Javier Leon in the department of molecular biology where he completed a doctoral thesis in the study of the functional interactions between p27 and MYC in erythroid differentiation of leukemia cells. In 2006 he moved to London to complete a postdoctoral training in the laboratory of Jesus Gil at the MRC Clinical Sciences Centre working in several aspects of the regulation of senescence and the identification of new tumour suppressor pathways. Since 2013 he is in Edinburgh where he directed his independent research group as Chancellor’s Fellow at the ECRC, as part of the MRC-IGMM in the University of Edinburgh, interested in the role of senescence in remodelling of the tumour microenvironment and tumour suppression.