Eric Francis Wieschaus, MD, PhD, graduated in 1969 from the University of Notre Dame, Indianapolis, USA, then went on to complete his PhD at Yale University, Connecticut, and finally got his postdoctoral, in 1978, from the University of Zürich, Switzerland. In 1995 the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded jointly to Edward B. Lewis, Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard and Eric F. Wieschaus for their discoveries concerning "the genetic control of early embryonic development". They used the fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster, as their experimental system, since the principles found in the fruit fly apply also to higher organisms, including man. Using Drosophila, Wieschaus and his research partner were able to identify and classify a small number of genes that are of key importance in determining the body plan and the formation of body segments. Currently, Doctor Wieschaus is Professor in Molecular Biology at Princeton University and leader of the Wieschaus Lab where he still conducts research on the embryonic development of Drosophila melanogaster. Be ready for his inspiring and brilliant talk at the iMed Conference 9.0!