Johannes Söding obtained his PhD in 1996 for work in experimental physics at the MaxPlanck Institute for Nuclear Physics in Heidelberg. After two and a half years of mainly experimental postdoctoral work on Bose-Einstein condensation of neutral atoms at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris, he worked for three years as a strategy management consultant with the Boston Consulting Group. In 2002, he started his career in bioinformatics as staff scientist with Andrei Lupas at the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology in Tübingen and became independent research group leader in 2007 at the Gene Center of the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich (LMU). Since 2014 he leads the research group Quantitative and Computational Biology at the MaxPlanck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry. He is married and has three children (2002, 2004, 2008).