Prof. Dr. Thomas Lengauer, Ph.D. is director at the Max-Planck Institute for Informatics in Saarbrucken, Germany. His background is in Maths (Ph.D. Berlin 1976) and Computer Science (Ph.D, Stanford 1979). He has been engaged in research in computational biology since the beginning of the 90s. His major fields of research are protein structure and function prediction (the latter partly based on gene expression data) and computational drug screening and design. Previously, he held the positions of full professor at the University of Paderborn (1984-1992) and of director of the Institute for Algorithms and Scientific Computing at the German National Research Centre for Computer Science in Sankt Augustin, Germany (1992-2001). Dr. Lengauer has contributed concepts and/or direction to several national research programs on Computational Biology (BMBF and DFG) and is a founding member of the steering boards of the international conference series ISMB and RECOMB.