Mario Waser was born in Steyr, Austria in 1977 and studied chemistry at the Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria were he obtained his Ph.D. in 2005 in the group of Prof. Heinz Falk, working on the synthesis of hypericin-based photosensitizers. After a postdoctoral stay in the group of Prof. Alois Fürstner at the Max-Planck Institut für Kohlenforschung (Mülheim, Germany), were he was part of the team investigating the first total syntheses of iejimalide B and iejimalide A, he spent two years as an R&D chemist for DSM Linz. In 2009 he started his independent career as an Assistant Professor at the JKU Linz. In the end of 2014 he was promoted to Associate Professor. His main research interests are on the design and application of new asymmetric organocatalysts like novel bifunctional phase-transfer catalysts and ammonium ylide-mediated syntheses of small ring heterocycles.