Jochen Guck received his PhD in Physics from the University of Texas at Austin in 2001. After being a junior group leader at the University of Leipzig, Germany, he moved to the Cavendish Laboratory at Cambridge University, UK, as a Lecturer in 2007 and was promoted to Reader in 2009. In 2012 he became Professor of Cellular Machines at the Technische Universität Dresden, Germany. As of October 2018 he is now director at the Max-Planck Institute for the Science of Light and the Max-Planck Center for Physics and Medicine in Erlangen, Germany. His research centers on the investigation of the physical properties of cells and tissues in order to test their biological importance. The ultimate goal is the transfer of findings to medical application. He has authored over 100 peer-reviewed publications and four patents. His work has been recognized by several awards, including the Cozzarelli Award in 2008, the Paterson Prize in 2011, and an Alexander-von-Humboldt Professorship in 2012.