Benjamin Gantenbein is a Molecular Biologist and has been assigned at the University of Bern to conduct basic and applied research in the field of the spine motional segment. He is leading a research group in Tissue & Organ Mechanobiology (TOM)-Group at the Institute for Surgical Technology and Biomechanics (ISTB). His current research focuses on intervertebral disc repair using biomaterials as scaffolds, mesenchymal stem cells or a combination thereof. He started his career at the University of Bern in the field of evolutionary biology / phylogenetics where he completed his Master of Science degree and also his PhD at the Computational and Molecular Population Genetics (CMPG) laboratory. He then received two fellowships (SNF young scientists and a Marie Curie IHP substitute) to focus on animal molecular evolutionary rates at the Institute of Evolutionary Biology, University of Edinburgh. From there he moved to the Genetics and Molecular Ecology Laboratory at Cambridge University, where he focused on recombination in animal mitochondria. Before the current assignment Prof. Gantenbein entered into the field of intervertebral disc research at the AO Research Institute in Davos, where he acquired experience in modern concepts of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. He teaches lectures on Principles of Human Medicine and Tissue Engineering in the Biomedical Masters course. He also teaches regenerative medicine at the University of Fribourg.