Maurizio Bernasconi was born in 1985 in Mendrisio, Switzerland. He obtained his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Chemistry from the ETH Zürich, the latter carrying out a research project at the University of California, Berkeley under the supervision of Prof. F. D. Toste. In 2009 he moved to Basel (Switzerland) for a short internship in the medicinal chemistry laboratories of Hoffmann-La Roche, before joining the laboratory of Prof. A. Pfaltz at the University of Basel, where his doctoral studies focused on the iridium-catalyzed asymmetric hydrogenation of new substrate classes.