Martin Hofmann-Apitius is Professor for Applied Life Science Informatics at the Bonn-Aachen International Centre for Information Technology (B-IT) at the University of Bonn. In addition, he holds a position as Head of the Department of Bioinformatics at Fraunhofer Institute for Algorithms and Scientific Computing (SCAI) in St Augustin, Germany. He studied Biology and holds a PhD in Molecular Genetics from the University of Tübingen. During his career he worked in academic as well as in industrial research groups and has been involved in different functional genomics projects. Driven by the need to analyse large amounts of gene expression data, for example, he migrated more and more from experimental laboratory work into applied bioinformatics. Research in his department is focusing on semantic text analysis and information extraction, applied chemoinformatics and GRID computing. The Department of Bioinformatics at Fraunhofer Institute SCAI currently comprises 16 researchers, including six PhD students.