Tobias Donner studied at the University of Tübingen, Germany, and Uppsala University, Sweden. He obtained his Ph.D. from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich, Switzerland, exploring criticality at the BEC phase transition. During a postdoctoral research stay at JILA in Boulder, USA, he worked on ground-state cooling a nanomechanical oscillator. He is now a Senior Scientist at ETH Zurich. His research focuses on the quantum simulation of many-body Hamiltonians, mainly by exploiting the interaction between quantum gases and the quantized light fields in optical cavities.