Asifa Akhtar was born 1971 in Karachi, Pakistan. Study of Biology. 1997 Doctorate at the Imperial Cancer Research Fund in London, UK. She moved to Germany, where sie was a Postdoctoral fellow at hte European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg and the Adolf-Butenandt-Institut of Munich University from 1998 to 2001. Until 2009 she did research as a group leader at EMBL. Since 2009 she works at the Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics in Freiburg, Germany, first as a group leader, since April 2013 she is Director and Scientific Member there.