Karsten Borgwardt (born in 1980) completed a master course in biology at the University of Oxford in 2003, as well as a Diplom program in computer science at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich in 2004. During his studies in Munich, Oxford and Canberra, he was a scholarship holder of the Maximilianeum Foundation, as well as of the Bavarian Foundation for the Gifted and the German National Academic Foundation. For his doctoral thesis at the Institute of Computer Science of the Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich in 2007, he was awarded the Heinz-Schwärtzel-Dissertations-Preis of the Munich Universities. After working as a PostDoc in Cambridge, Karsten Borgwardt became research group leader for Machine Learning and Bioinformatics at the MPI for Biological Cybernetics and the former MPI for Developmental Biology (since 2022 MPI for Biology) in Tübingen in 2008. In 2011, he was additionally appointed Professor of Data Mining in the Life Sciences in the Department of Computer Science at the Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen. In 2013, he received the Alfried Krupp Förderpreis, endowed with one million euros, and in 2014 a Starting Grant from the Swiss National Science Foundation. Karsten Borgwardt coordinated several large research programs at national and international level in machine learning in medicine, including two Marie Curie PhD programs and the Personalized Swiss Sepsis Study on the prediction of sepsis by machine learning. He left MPG in 2014 to take up an associate professorship at ETH Zurich in the Department of Biosystems in Basel. In 2017, he was promoted to full professor there. In 2023, Karsten Borgwardt will now return to the Max Planck Society as Director and Scientific Member.