Dr. Julia de León was born in Tenerife (Canary Islands, Spain) in 1977. She received her PhD in Astrophysics from the University of La Laguna (Tenerife) in 2009, being her field of expertise the physical and compositional characterization of asteroids through the analysis of their visible and near-infrared reflectance spectra. She has an extensive experience in the acquisition and analyses of asteroidal data from both ground- and space-based telescopes. In this sense, she is actively involved in space missions to asteroids and comets. She worked for the ESA Rosetta mission during 3 years, analyzing the images from asteroid (21) Lutetia obtained by the OSIRIS camera; she was member of the science team and also Co-I of several instruments to fly on both the Marco Polo and MarcoPolo-R missions, proposed to ESA; she is currently a member of the science team of the NASA OSIRIS-REx sample-return mission, and she will analyze the images from asteroid Bennu obtained by the OCAMS suite of cameras on-board the spacecraft. She is member of the Division for Planetary Science of the American Astronomical Society, of the Spanish Astronomical Society and of the Geological Society of the Canary Islands. She has contributed to more than 80 international meetings, published more than 50 scientific papers, and given more than 20 outreach lectures in different public events.