amin Kanji was born and raised in Mombasa, Kenya, where he completed high school after which he moved to Kingston, ON, Canada to complete a Bachelor’s degree with a specialist and honours in chemistry. In 2003 he joined the group of Jon Abbatt at the University of Toronto to pursue a MSc (2006) and PhD (2009), where he researched aerosol particle impacts on heterogeneous nucleation of ice clouds in laboratory experiments. After this he shifted focus onto mixed-phase clouds during his post-doc in the group of Ulrike Lohmann at ETH – Zurich from 2009-2012. He then moved as an NSERC fellow to Environment and Climate Change Canada where he worked in the air quality division on aerosol mass spectrometry. In 2013, he was offered the position of Senior Scientist in the Atmospheric Physics group at ETH Zurich as group leader of the experimental section and has been leading the group since then. Zamin’s interests in cloud microphysics and aerosol chemistry have kept his interests in the impact of aerosol composition on cloud formation alive as an active area of research. He currently focusses on laboratory and field measurements, including instrument development within his research group.