Silke Leimkühler is a full professor at the University of Potsdam since 2009. She received her Ph.D in microbiology the Ruhr-University of Bochum, Germany in 1998. After a post-doctoral position in the Department of Biochemistry at the Duke University Medical Center (Durham, NC, USA) from 1999-2001, she returned to Germany with an Emmy-Noether grant from the DFG to establish her own research group at the Technical-University of Braunschweig, where she stayed until 2004. In 2005 she accepted a Junior-Professor position at the University of Potsdam, Germany, where she still currently works as a full professor in Molecular Enzymology. Her major research interests focus on molybdenum cofactor biosynthesis, molybdoenzyme enzymology, cellular sulfur transfer mechanisms for sulfur-containing biomolecule synthesis and the role of FeS cluster assembly on molybdoenzyme maturation.