Born on November 12, 1957 in Munich. Study of physics Munich Univ., Zurich/Switzerland (Diplom 1984), and Cornell Univ. Ithaca/USA (1984-1989), PhD (1989), postdoc IBM Lab Rüschlikon/Switzerland (1989-1991), independent research Bell labs Murray Hill/USA (1991-1999), Director and Scientific Member at the Max Planck Institute for Medical Research (1999-2011), Honorary Professor, Faculty of Physics, Univ. of Heidelberg (since 2002). As of Oktober 1, 2011 Winfried Denk is new Director at the Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology in Martinsried. However, the department will only be relocated at the end of 2013 due to the necessary reconstruction activity.