Prof Alex Odermatt obtained a degree in Chemistry with specialization in Biochemistry from the University of Berne in 1991 and a PhD in Biochemistry at the Institute of Clinical Pharmacology, University of Berne, in 1994. He was a Postdoctoral Fellow with Prof. David H. MacLennan from 1995-1998 at the Best Institute, University of Toronto, Canada. From 1998 to 2000 he was a Senior research fellow at the Department of Nephrology and Hypertension, University of Berne, and from 2000 to 2007 he was Oberassistent and Research Group Leader. He got his habilitation in 2001 in Molecular Genetics at the Medical Faculty, University of Berne. In April 2007, he was appointed as Novartis Professor for Molecular and Systems Toxicology at the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Basel.