Nathan Luedtke was born in the United States in 1973, and attended high school near Seattle, Washington. In 1996 he received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington where he worked as a teaching assistant for the Department of Chemistry. During his studies at the University of Washington he conducted original research investigating DNA – small molecule interactions with Paul Hopkins (Organic Chemistry), and DNA origins of replication in S. cerevisiae with Walt Fangman (Genetics). Luedtke received his doctoral degree in 2003 from the University of California, San Diego where he studied small molecule – RNA binding interactions in the laboratory of Yitzhak Tor. During his PhD work he received numerous awards for teaching and research, as well as a doctoral fellowship from the State of California to investigate the anti-HIV potential of RNA ligands. From 2003-2006 Nathan worked as an NIH Postdoctoral Fellow in the Laboratory of Alanna Schepartz (Yale University). During this time he investigated a variety of topics at the interface of chemistry and biology, including the application of small fluorescent molecules to study protein folding in living cells. Since October 2011, Nathan has been an Associate Professor of Organic Chemistry and Chemical Biology at the University of Zürich.