Florian Marquardt obtained his physics diploma in 1998 at the University of Bayreuth, Germany. He completed his Ph.D. thesis in 2002 at the University of Basel in Switzerland. After carrying out postdoctoral research at Basel and at Yale University, he moved back to Germany in 2005. There, he joined the University of Munich as a lecturer and independent junior research group leader. His research interests include decoherence, quantum transport, quantum electrodynamics in superconducting circuits, and optomechanics. Recently, he received the Walter-Schottky prize, 2009, of the German Physical Society for his theoretical contributions to the emerging field of optomechanics.