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, he moved to the Cavendish Laboratory at Cambridge University as a Lecturer in 2007 and was promoted to Reader in 2009. Since 2012 he is Professor of Cellular Machines at the Biotechnology Center of the Technische Universität Dresden, of which he is currently managing director. He has authored about 100 peer-reviewed publications and four patents. His work has been recognized by several awards, amongst them the Cozzarelli Award in 2008, the Paterson Prize in 2011, and an Alexander-von-Humboldt Professorship in 2012.