Scott Waddell studied biochemistry as an undergraduate at the University of Dundee, and cancer biology for his Ph.D. at the University of London. After postdoctoral study at Massachusetts Institute of Technology with William (Chip) Quinn he spent 10 years leading a research group in the Department of Neurobiology at the UMass Medical School. In 2011 he relocated to Oxford where he is now Professor of Neurobiology, Wellcome Principal Research Fellow in Basic Biomedical Sciences, Senior Research Fellow at Pembroke College, Vice-Director of the Centre for Neural Circuits & Behaviour and Co-Director of the Oxford Martin School Programme on Mind and Machine. Scott is an elected member of EMBO and was awarded the 2014 Liliane Bettencourt Prize for the Life Sciences. Scott’s group studies molecular and neural circuit level mechanisms of memory, motivation and individuality in Drosophila.