Ulrike Gaul studied Biochemistry and Physics at the University of Tübingen, Germany, and earned a PhD in biology for research with Herbert Jäckle at Max-Planck-Institute for Developmental Biology. Following postdoctoral work with Garrett Odell at the University of Washington, Seattle, and in the lab of Gerry Rubin at the University of California, Berkeley, she joined the faculty of the Rockefeller University, New York, as Assistant Professor, Head of Laboratory in 1993, becoming Associate Professor in 2000. In 2009, Gaul moved back to Germany as the recipient of an Alexander von Humboldt-Professorship and a CIPSM-Professor. She holds the chair in Organismic Biochemistry at the Gene Center of the LMU Munich, and is a Visiting Scientist at the Janelia Farm Research Campus. Ulrike’s research focuses on deciphering the regulatory gene networks that control developmental pattern formation and on understanding the contribution of glia to nervous system development and function.