Thomas Carell (PhD) studied chemistry at the Universities of Münster and Heidelberg. In 1993 he obtained his doctorate with Prof. H. A. Staab at the Max Planck Institute of Medical Research in Heidelberg. After postdoctoral training with Prof. J. Rebek at MIT (Cambridge, USA) in 1993-1995, Thomas Carell moved to the ETH Zürich (Switzerland) to start independent research. He subsequently accepted a full professor position for Organic Chemistry at the Philipps-Universität in Marburg (Germany) and in 2004 he moved to his current position at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) in Munich (Germany), where he is heading a research group in chemical biology. Thomas Carell founded the company Baseclick GmbH. He is a member of the National German Academy, Leopoldina and of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is a recipient of the Cross of Merit (knighted) from the Federal Republic of Germany. Thomas Carell obtained the Leibniz award from the DFG in 2003 and an ERC advanced grant in 2017. Thomas Carell is the speaker of the Excellence Cluster (EXC114) on protein chemistry and of the collaborative research center (SFB309) on Chemical Epigenetics.