Bertie Gottgens graduated from Tubingen University in 1992 with a degree in biochemistry. He received his DPhil in biological sciences from the University of Oxford in 1994 and then proceeded to a post-doc position in the Department of Haematology, University of Cambridge, between 1994-2001. Between 2002-2007 he was a Leukaemia Research Fund Lecturer in the Department of Haematology, Cambridge. He was then a University Lecturer, and subsequently a Reader in Haematology, between 2007-2011. Since October 2011, Bertie has been Professor of Molecular Haematology, University of Cambridge.