Julia Vorholt studied biology at the Universities of Bonn and Marburg, Germany. During her PhD, she worked on the biochemistry of methanogenic archaea under the supervision of Prof. Dr. R. K. Thauer at the Max-Planck-Institute for terrestrial Microbiology. She then moved to the laboratory of M. E. Lidstrom in Seattle, USA, as a postdoctoral fellow and subsequently returned to the MPI Marburg, where she established a research group on the biochemistry of methylotrophic bacteria. She then led an independent research group at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) in Toulouse, France, where she initiated work on plant microbiomes and microbial interactions. In 2006, she was appointed associate professor at ETH Zurich. Since 2012, she has been a full professor at the Institute of Microbiology at ETH Zurich. Julia Vorholt is Director of Studies at the Department of Biology at ETH Zurich and Co-director of the Swiss National Center of Competence in Research (NCCR) Microbiomes. She is a member of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, the European Academy of Microbiology and the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) and received two ERC Advanced Grants.