Ingenuous youth in Valais, Switzerland (1956-1977)
Diploma in Biology at the University of Geneva (1977-1982)
PhD in Neurosciences at the University of Lausanne (1982-1987).
Postdoctoral fellow and research associate in the Department of Neurobiology at Stanford University (1987-1992).
Maitre-assistant and group leader at IBCM, University of Lausanne (1992-1999).
Scientific advisor to secretary of state Charles Kleiber (1999-2005).
Assistant director at the State Secretariat for Education and Research (2005-2008).
Advisor to Presidents Patrick Aebischer (2008-2016) and Martin Vetterli (2017-)
Married to Bich Viet Huynh, two children aged 25 and 27.