Günter Mayer is professor of Chemical Biology & Chemical Genetics and head of the Center of Aptamer Research and Development at the University of Bonn, Germany. He received a Masters in Chemistry (University of Munich, Germany) and a PhD (University of Bonn, Germany) in Biochemistry. He got in touch with nucleic acid aptamers during his PhD and evolved into a kind of “aptamer super-freak” since.
After three years of founding and running a biotech company, he continued his academic career in Bonn and Glasgow (UK). He is a consultant to various companies in the life sciences and since 2010 tenured professor at the University of Bonn. He currently explores the broad applicability of aptamers for basic research and his group is also involved in developing novel aptamer related therapeutic and diagnostic strategies.