Jürgen Bajorath received a diploma in biochemistry and PhD in structural biology (1988) under Wolfram Saenger from the Free University in West-Berlin. He was a postdoc with Arnie Hagler at Biosym Technol./Agouron Inst. in San Diego, where he began to work on computational chemistry and drug design. From 1990-2004, Jürgen held positions at the Bristol-Myers Squibb Pharmaceutical Research Institute, New Chemical Entities, and the University of Washington in Seattle. In 2004, Jürgen Bajorath was appointed professor and chair of Life Science Informatics at the University of Bonn. He continues to be an affiliate professor at the University of Washington (Dep. of Biological Structure). His research focuses on cheminformatics, Machine Learning, and the development of computational methods for drug discovery. He is the recipient of the 2015 Herman Skolnik Award and the 2018 National Award for Computers in Chemical and Pharmaceutical Research of the American Chemical Society.