Born on September 20, 1959 in Montevideo, Uruguay; † 30th April 2018. 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 (2005 until 30th April 2018).