Guy Tear studied Natural Sciences at Cambridge University (1983-1986) where he specialised in molecular biology topics within the Zoology Department. He remained at Cambridge for his PhD within the Genetics Department (1986-1990) investigating the genetic control of early development of the embryo. He moved to the University of California, Berkeley as a postdoctoral scientist training in the laboratory of Corey S Goodman. Guy participated in the discovery and characterisation of some of the first molecules which direct nerve cell growth during the ‘wiring up’ of the nervous system. In 1995 Guy joined the Biochemistry Department at Imperial College as an MRC Senior Research Fellow. In 1999 he was recruited to Kings to join the MRC Centre for Developmental Neurobiology and was promoted to Professor in 2004. Guy was head of the King’s College, London Department of Biochemistry from 2007 until 2014, and is currently head of the Genetics Department. Guy has held several awards including EMBO Long Term Fellowship (1991), American Cancer Society Fellow (1993) MRC Senior Non-clinical Fellow (1995). Guy is an editor for PLoS One and Frontiers in Neurodegenerative Diseases.