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Kilian received his doctorate in Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Chemistry from the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) in Munich working on the design and synthesis of natural product-inspired kinase inhibitors in the group Prof. Franz Bracher. After postdoctoral studies in the laboratory of Prof. Stephen G. Davies at the Department of Chemistry, University of Oxford, and in the laboratory of Prof. Giulio Superti-Furga at the Research Centre for Molecular Medicine (CeMM), Vienna, he joined the SGC in 2015 as Principal Investigator and Chemical Biology Group Leader. In 2014 he was selected as a Winner of the GSK Discovery Fast Track Challenge and in 2015 he received the Young Investigator Award of the German Pharmaceutical Society (DPhG-Stiftung/Horst-Böhme-Stiftung). Kilian’s main research interests comprise the functional exploration of cellular signalling networks by the development of specific chemical probes and chemical biology approaches apt to identify new therapeutic targets relevant for the treatment of human disease.