Benedikt Berninger was born in Munich in 1968. He graduated in Biology from the Ludwig Maximilians University (Munich, Germany) in 1992. He obtained his Doctoral Degree from the same university for work he had conducted at the Max-Planck Institute of Psychiatry (now Neurobiology) in the laboratory of Hans Thoenen. He subsequently joined the University of California in San Diego as a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Mu-ming Poo during which time he was supported by a Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP) Long-term Fellowship. After a brief stay at the Karolinska Institute in the laboratory of Jonas Frisén funded by HFSP, he took a group leader position at the Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology in Munich in 2001. Subsequently he became staff scientist at the Helmholtz Center Munich (2003) in the laboratory of Magdalena Götz. In 2005 he became lecturer at the Institute of Physiology where he habilitated in Physiology in 2011. In 2012 he joined the University Medical Center of the Johannes Gutenberg University as Full Professor. From March 2018 he is Professor of Developmental Neurobiology at the Centre for Developmental Neurobiology at King’s College London and member of the MRC Centre for Neurodevelopmental Disorders.Benedikt is a Wellcome Trust Investigator.