Pascal Mäser graduated from the University of Basel in 1998 with a Ph.D. in microbiology. He moved on to the University of California San Diego for postdoctoral research in molecular plant physiology, and in 2002 returned to Switzerland as an assistant professor of the University of Bern. In 2009 he joined the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute. Currently he is associate professor for parasitology and protozoology at the University of Basel and head of the Parasite Chemotherapy Unit of the Swiss TPH. His research focuses on drug discovery for trypanosomatid parasites and malaria.