Prof. Harald Renz is director and chairman of the Institute of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiochemistry of the Philipps-University Marburg, Germany. He holds this position since 1999. From 2005 to 2014 he coordinated the inter-regional Research Consortium of Allergies and Asthma, which is funded by the German Research Council; since 2010 he serves as vice-speaker of the Universities of Giessen and Marburg Lung Center (UGMLC), which is one out of 5 sites of the German Lung Center, founded 2012 by the Federal Government. His research interest is the pathogenesis of allergies and asthma. He has made major contributions in the field of the origin of asthma, with regard to the pre- and postnatal environment. 2012/13 he was Visiting Professor and Fulbright Scholar at Harvard Medical School in Boston. Since 2010 he serves as Associated Editor of the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (JACI, IF 12.5). Since 2015 he is Medical Director and CMO of the University Hospital Giessen and Marburg GmbH, Campus Marburg. From 2010 to 2016 he was President of the German Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (DGAKI) and since 2016 he is Past President of the German Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.