Albrecht Ott has held a chair of experimental biological physics at the University of Saarland, Germany, since 2007. After graduating in 1987 and gaining his Ph.D. in 1990 from the University Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris VI), he carried out research at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris, France, as a permanent staff member of the French national research body, CNRS. In 1991 he became a consultant at the NEC Research Institute, Princeton, and at the same time a visiting postdoctoral fellow at Princeton University, US. He spent the following eight years developing research at the physics department of the Institut Curie, Paris, France, until he moved to Bayreuth University in Germany in 2001, where he was appointed as a full professor. His current research interests are DNA molecular recognition and the investigation of driven biochemical systems.