Philippe Bastiaens completed his PhD degree in biochemistry (summa cum laude) at the Department of Biochemistry, University of Wageningen, The Netherlands. His thesis area was spectroscopy on biomolecules. He went on to work as a research fellow of the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences in the Biochemistry Department at the University of Wageningen, where his main area of interest was Spectroscopic studies of lipid-protein interactions. He completed his Post Doctoral at the Department of Molecular Biology headed by Dr. Thomas Jovin, Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Göttingen, Germany, where is concentrated on Microspectroscopy of protein interactions in cells with special attention to signal transduction mechanisms.
Philippe Bastiaens later became a Group leader of the Cell Biophysics Laboratory at the Imperial Cancer Research Fund. London, UK, and then a Group leader in the Cell Biology and Biophysics program at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory and Professor at the university in Amsterdam. Since 2007, he has been the Director of the department of Systemic Cell Biology at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Physiology in Dortmund and Professor of Cell Biology and Biochemistry in the department of Chemistry at the university in Dortmund.