Georg Holländer is the Hoffmann and Action Medical Research Professor of Developmental Medicine and Head of the Department of Paediatrics at the University of Oxford. He is also the Director of the Botnar Research Centre of Child Health in Basel, Switzerland. Trained in Paediatrics and experimental immunology he held in the past academic positions at Harvard Medical School and was the director of research at Basel University’s Children’s Hospital. Since 2010 he shares his work and time between Oxford und Basel where he supervises research labs focusing on the developmental immunobiology of the thymus. He received the Fanconi Prize of the Swiss Society for Paediatrics in 2009, was chosen a corresponding member of the Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences in 2012, and elected as a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in the UK.