Simon Hippenmeyer studied Molecular Biology with a major in Biochemistry at the Biozentrum, University of Basel, Switzerland. Simon Hippenmeyer then pursued PhD studies in Neurobiology in the laboratory of Silvia Arber at the Biozentrum and the Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research (FMI) in Basel. Hippenmeyer obtained his PhD in 2004 with highest honors (summa cum laude) and received two prizes for his graduate work, the Edmond H. Fischer Prize (FMI) and the Natural Sciences Faculty prize from the University of Basel. After a short bridging postdoc in the Arber group, Hippenmeyer pursued postdoctoral studies in Liqun Luo’s laboratory at Stanford University, USA; supported with fellowships from EMBO, HFSP and SNF. In July 2012, Hippenmeyer moved to IST Austria in Klosterneuburg as Assistant Professor where he started his independent laboratory and research program. His research focusses on fundamental neurobiological questions and includes the dissection of the cellular, molecular and epigenetic mechanisms of neural development and circuit assembly. The Hippenmeyer laboratory is funded, besides IST institutional funds, by a Marie Curie Career Integration Grant from the European Commission, an HFSP program grant, and a grant from NÖ Forschung und Bildung n[f+b] from the government of Lower Austria.