Karsten Weis obtained his Ph.D. at the EMBL in Heidelberg in 1996 where he worked with Angus Lamond. Immediately after his Ph.D. he moved to UCSF where he held an independent position as a UCSF fellow. In 1999, he joined the faculty of UC Berkeley as an Assistant Professor. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 2003 and to Full Professor in 2006. After almost 15 years at UC Berkeley, Karsten Weis moved to the ETH Zürich in the fall of 2013 to join the Institute of Biochemistry.