Thomas Steinbrecher studied Chemistry at the University of Freiburg in Germany and earned a diploma with distinction in Physical Chemistry. He completed a Ph.D. thesis on Computer Simulations of Protein-Ligand Interactions in 2005. He joined the developer team of the Amber MD package as a Postdoc at the Scripps Research Institute in San Diego and Rutgers University in New Jersey. The work focus was on efficient free energy calculation methods and QM/MM simulations of charge transfer. After returning to Germany in 2008, Thomas established a junior research group at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, working on fast electron transfer phenomena in DNA and proteins. He joined Schrodinger in 2013 where he is responsible for the large scale application of free energy calculation methods in pharmaceutical drug design. He currently heads the Applications Science Department for Europe.