Gerardo Jiménez graduated in biology from Universitat de Barcelona in 1988. He performed his doctoral studies at the Leukaemia Research Fund in London and at the Department of Biochemistry of Universitat de Barcelona, working on the structure and regulation of mammalian globin gene loci. After receiving his PhD degree in 1993, he worked as a postdoctoral fellow at Cancer Research UK, both in Oxford and in London. Since then, his research interests have focused on the transcriptional and cell signaling mechanisms controlling gene expression during animal development, mainly using Drosophila as a model system. After his postdoctoral training, he moved to the Institut de Biologia Molecular de Barcelona-CSIC, where he is head of the Gene Expression and Signaling laboratory since 2002. He joined ICREA in 2003.