Angel R. Nebreda obtained his PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Salamanca (Spain) and then worked as a postdoc at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda (USA), and the Cancer Research-UK Clare Hall Laboratories in South Mimms (UK). In 1995, he started his own group at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory in Heidelberg (Germany) where he worked for 9 years and then moved to the newly created Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Oncológicas in Madrid (Spain). He is currently an ICREA Research Professor at the Institute for Research in Biomedicine, in Barcelona (Spain). His research interests focus on mechanisms regulated by protein kinases in cell proliferation, differentiation and survival, particularly in relation to cancer. He was elected EMBO member in 2003 and is an Editor of FEBS Letters and the Biochemical Journal.