Stephan Grill was born on May 5, 1974 in Heidelberg and studied physics at the University of Heidelberg. He received his PhD from the European Molecular Biology Laboratory in Heidelberg and the University of Munich. He did his postdoctoral work first at MPI-CBG from 2002- 2003, and then at the University of Berkeley in California, USA. Stephan Grill returned to Dresden in 2006, where he worked jointly at MPI-CBG and the Max Planck Institute for Physics of Complex Systems in Dresden as a junior research group leader. Since 2013 he is Professor of Biophysics at the Biotechnology Center of the TU Dresden. He is also the speaker of the new Cluster of Excellence “Physics of Life” at the TU Dresden and became a director at the MPI-CBG in September 2018. He has received a number of awards including the 2011 Paul Ehrlich- und Ludwig Darmstaedter-Nachwuchspreis and the 2015 Raymond and Beverly Sackler International Prize in Biophysics.