After attaining his PhD in biochemistry in 1991, the author worked at the National Institute of Health in Bethesda, USA. Since1998, he holds a chair at the department of chemistry at the Technische Universität München. From 2003 to 2006, he was dean of the department. His field of research is protein science and specifically the mechanistic analysis of protein folding and stability as well as the machinery of cellular protein folding.