Sanjiv Luther studied cell biology at the ETH in Zürich. He received his PhD in 1996 from the University of Lausanne for his work on anti-viral immune responses in the laboratory of Hans Acha-Orbea. He then moved to the laboratory of Jason Cyster at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute of the University of California San Francisco where he investigated the role of chemotactic factors in lymphoid tissue development and function. In 2003 he joined the Department of Biochemistry of the University of Lausanne as Assistant Professor funded by a career-development award from the Swiss National Science Foundation. Since 2009 he is Associate Professor there. His current research focuses on the characterization of fibroblastic stromal cells found within secondary lymphoid organs and sites of chronic inflammation, using modern mouse genetics.