Thomas Marti graduated from the department of microbiology at the University in Bern, Switzerland (1999). Studying DNA repair systems in yeast, he completed his PhD in biology under the guidance of PD Dr. Oliver Fleck at the institute of cell biology, University of Bern (2003). Dr. Marti further gained insight in the field of DNA repair and mutation avoidance during his postdoctoral work carried out at the Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of California, San Francisco, USA, (2003-2006) under the direct mentorship of American academy of science member Professor James E. Cleaver. He held position as a principal Investigator at laboratory of molecular oncology, University Hospital Zurich, mentored by Professor Rolf A. Stahel (2006-2012). Since 2012, he serves as a group Leader under the guidance of Professor Ralph A. Schmid, Department of Thoracic Surgery, Inselspital (CH). His current research interest is to elucidate the role of the DNA damage network in the therapy response of lung cancer stem cells.