Born on September 8, 1956 in Dornbirn, Austria. Study of medicine and MD, University of Innsbruck (1981), resident at various hospitals in Austria and at the Institute for General and Experimental Pathology, University of Innsbruck (1982-1988), postdoc, Whitehead Institute, Cambridge, USA (1988-1992), Group Leader Austrian Academy of Sciences, Salzburg, Austria (1992-1993), Group Leader Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry(1993-1998), Professor and Chair of the Department of Experimental Pathology, Lund University, Sweden (1998-2001), Director and Scientific Member at the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry(since 2001). For his research Fässler has been honored with the Hermann und Lilly Schilling Professorship (1995) and with the Göran Gustafsson Prize (2001), among other awards. He is honorary professor at the LMU Munich, Univ. of Copenhagen and Univ. of Hong Kong. In 2000 he was elected member of EMBO and in 2008 he became a corresponding member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences.