Denis Jabaudon obtained his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from the Universities of Lausanne and Zurich in Switzerland, where he studied mechanisms controlling synaptic transmission. After a neurology residency at Geneva University Hospital, he completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard University, in the laboratory of Prof. J. Macklis, where he began his investigation of genetic control of cortical development. He is currently a professor at the University of Geneva, Switzerland, since 2009, where he has his independent research group and also practices as a clinical neurologist at Geneva University Hospital. His work on the mechanisms of neuronal circuit assembly during cortical development has recently earned him several prestigious prizes, including the Freedman Prize for Exceptional Basic Research from the Brain and Behavior Foundation (NARSAD) and the Bing Prize from the Swiss Academy of Medical Science.