Robin Allshire BA, PhD, FRSE, FRS is Professor of Chromosome Biology, University of Edinburgh. He graduated from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland in 1981 (BA Genetics). A Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 scholarship enabled his PhD research on Bovine Papilloma Virus mini-chromosomes at the MRC Mammalian Genome Unit, Edinburgh (1985) with Dr. Chris Bostock and Ed Southern. He carried out his post-doctoral research at the MRC Human Genetics Unit (MRCHGU), Edinburgh with Prof. N.D. Hastie demonstrating that human telomeres are composed of simple repeats and that their length decreases with age and is altered in cancers. He initiated his independent research career at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories, New York (1989) before taking a tenured position at MRCHGU (1990-20012). He undertook three-months research sabbatical with Prof. Mitsuhiro Yanagida at Kyoto University (1992). In 2002, he moved his laboratory to the Wellcome Trust Centre for Cell Biology, University of Edinburgh where he runs a dynamic research group as a Wellcome Trust Principal Research Fellow (20002-2022). He was elected a member of the European Molecular Biology Organisation (EMBO) in 1998, a fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (FRSE) since 2005 and a fellow of the Royal Society (FRS), London in 2011. He was awarded the Genetics Society (UK) Medal in 2013.