Monika Ritsch-Marte received her M.Sc. in Physics from the University of Innsbruck in 1984 and her PhD in Quantum Optics from the Waikato University in New Zealand (under the supervision of D.F. Walls) in 1988. After several PostDoc projects (Boulder/Colorado, Milano, Helsinki), and after completing her Habilitation at the Institute of Theoretical Physics in Innsbruck, she accepted the Chair of Biomedical Physics at the Medical University in Innsbruck in 1998 where she founded a Biomedical Optics group. Her current research interests include holographic optical tweezers, digital holographic microscopy and linear and non-linear Raman microscopy. She has received numerous research grants and awards, including an ERC Advanced Grant and the Boltzmann Award of the Austrian Physical Society. She is a member of the Austrian Academy of Science and a Fellow of the Optical Society of America.