Bernhard Spingler was born on the 15th July 1972 in Basel, Switzerland, and grew up in a small village near Basel. From 1991 to 1995, he studied Chemistry at the University of Basel with Geology as a minor subject, and finished with a Diploma Thesis in Chemistry. He continued with his PhD studies at the University of Basel and received his doctoral degree in 1998 (summa cum laude), working under the supervision of Jürgen F.K. Müller in the field of Asymmetric Organic Chemistry on the synthesis of nitrogen and sulfur stabilized carbanions. For two years, he was a postdoctoral fellow at MIT, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, in the group of Stephen J. Lippard, where he worked on the interaction of cisplatin and its analogues with DNA.
Bernhard Spingler has done a habilitation at the Institute of Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Zürich, Switzerland. He has been appointed at the same Institute as a Scientific Team Leader in 2008, as a Privatdozent for Bioinorganic Chemistry in 2009 and as a Titularprofessor in 2016 at the Department of Chemistry. He was the recipient of several Swiss fellowships.