Primo Schaer is Dean of the Medical Faculty and Head of the Genome Plasticity group at the Department of Biomedicine of the University of Basel.
- Ph.D. University of Berne, Switzerland (1991)
- Postdoctoral fellow at the University of Berne, Switzerland (1991–1993)
- Postdoctoral fellow at the Imperial Cancer Research Fund (now Cancer Research UK) (1993–1997)
- Junior research group leader at the Institute of Molecular Cancer Research, University of Zürich, Switzerland (1997–2003)
- Professor and research group leader, University of Basel (2003)
- Dean of the Medical Faculty (2017)