Stefan Raunser was born 1976 in Landau in der Pfalz. He studied chemistry and biology at the Johannes-Gutenberg-Universität Mainz. He prepared his PhD thesis in the group of Werner Kühlbrandt at the Max Planck Institute of Biophysics in Frankfurt/Main and received his PhD in biochemistry at Johann-Wolfgang-Goethe Universität Frankfurt in 2004. From 2005 to 2008 he was a postdoctoral researcher in the group of Thomas Walz at Harvard Medical School in Boston, USA and from 2008 to 2013 he was Emmy Noether group leader at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Physiology in Dortmund. From January to June 2014 he was Einstein-Professor for Membrane Biochemistry at Freie Universität Berlin. Since July 2014 he is Director and Scientific Member at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Physiology in Dortmund.