Dr. Bodmer earned his Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Neurobiology from the University of Basel, Switzerland. He first trained as a postdoctoral fellow in Neurobiology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, and then studied Molecular Genetics with Lily and Yuh-Nung Jan at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Bodmer joined the Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute in 2003, where he is Professor, and since 2007 Program Director of the Development, Aging and Regeneration Program. He discovered the first cardiac determinant in the animal kingdom, the tinman gene, and established the Drosophila heart as a research model for cardiac development, function and aging. He has been awarded grants from the National Institutes of Health and the American Heart Association (Established Investigator) amongst others.