Marc Spehr, Lichtenberg Professor für Chemosensation, studied Biology in Bochum. He wrote his dissertation at the Department of Cellular Physiology, which he finished in 2002. Afterwards, he became a Postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology, School of Medicine, University of Maryland in Baltimore, MD, USA. In 2006, he became an Independent Leader of the Research Group Chemosensory Mechanisms of Social Communication at Ruhr-University Bochum funded by the DFG Emmy Noether-Program. He was appointed Lichtenberg Professor for Chemosensation at the RWTH Aachen University in 2009.