A pioneer in researching the control of cellular senescence and its role in tumor suppression and aging, Judith Campisi has helped make several groundbreaking discoveries that continue to challenge and alter existing paradigms. In recognition of the quality of her research and leadership in the field, Campisi has received numerous awards, including two MERIT awards from the US National Institute on Aging, and awards from the AlliedSignal Corporation, Gerontological Society of America, American Federation for Aging Research, and, most recently, the Longevity Prize from the IPSEN Foundation. She currently serves on numerous national and international editorial and advisory boards. Campisi received her Ph.D. in biochemistry from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and her postdoctoral training in cell cycle regulation and cancer at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School. She was an assistant and associate professor at the Boston University Medical school until 1991 when she accepted a senior scientist position at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. In 2002, she established a second laboratory at the Buck Institute for Age Research, where she is also a professor. She is currently at both institutions, where she leads a broad program to understand various aspects of aging, with an emphasis on the interface between cancer and aging.