Volker Mailänder studied medicine at the University of Ulm supported by a stipend from the “Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes” and was in the graduate program “Molecular Biology”. He worked in the Blume/Negrin lab in Stanford, California, on natural killer cells and on bioluminescence imaging. Afterwards he received training in internal medicine (haematology/oncology) in the Charité hospital in Berlin. After relocating to the Institute for Clinical Transfusion Medicine, University Clinic of Ulm, he worked on stem cell manipulation and was board certified in transfusion medicine. He focused on using polymeric nanoparticles for labelling or manipulation of stem cells and other cell types and was leading the stem cell lab of the III. Medical Clinic. He is leading a joint research group between the University Clinic Dermatology, Mainz, and the MPI for Polymer Science. Since January 2016 is full professor at the University Clinic, Mainz and heading the Center for Translational Research – CTN. Current research topics include protein-nanoparticle interactions, detecting pathways of endocytosis and harnessing nanoparticles for use in medical applications.