Born on September 20, 1959 in Montevideo, Uruguay. Undergraduate studies in biochemistry at the Univ. Geneva, PhD at the Univ. Geneva (1989), postdoctoral training at the Univ. Geneva and at the EMBL, Heidelberg (1990-1996), project leader, Department of Molecular Biology, Univ. Geneva (1996-1999), Project leader at the EMBL (1999-2004), Senior Scientist at the EMBL (2004-2005), Program Coordinator, Gene Expression Program, Heidelberg (2005-04/2006), Director and Scientific Member at the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology (since 2005).