Prof. Dr Petra Gierthmühlen graduated and received her DDS from Albert-Ludwigs University, Freiburg, Germany, in 2001. She was an Assistant Professor (2001–2006) at the Department of Prosthodontics (Chair Prof. Dr Dr h.c. J.R. Strub), University of Freiburg, Germany, and is a board-certified Prosthodontist (2005) of the German Society of Prosthodontics and Dental Materials (DGPro). From 2006 to 2009, she was a Visiting Scientist at the Department of Biomaterials & Biomimetics (Chair Prof. Dr V.P. Thompson), NYU, New York, USA. In 2009, Dr Gierthmühlen was appointed Associate Professor at the Department of Prosthodontics, University of Freiburg, where she accomplished her habilitation in 2011. Since 2016 she is Professor and Chair of the Department of Prosthodontics at the Heinrich Heine University in Duesseldorf, Germany.