Petra Knaus received her PhD (Dr. rer. nat) at the Center for Molecular Biology (ZMBH) in Heidelberg in 1991. As a Research Fellow and Associate she did her Postdoctoral Training with Harvey Lodish at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research (MIT, Cambridge, MA, US) until 1996. After her return to Germany, she received a Junior Group position at the Biocenter in Würzburg, in the Department of Walter Sebald. There she established her own lab with the focus on BMP receptor biology and signal transduction. In 2004 she became Full Professor for Biochemistry - Signaltransduction at the Institute for Chemistry and Biochemistry, Freie Universität Berlin. In 2010 she received a W3 Professorship for Biochemistry - Signaltransduction and Regeneration at the Freie Universität and BSRT/Charité.