Winrich Freiwald is a professor and head of the Laboratory of Neural Systems at the Rockefeller University in New York. He received his Ph.D. from Tübingen University in 1998 for work performed at the Max Planck Institute for Brain Research in Frankfurt, Germany. In following years, he was a lecturer at the University of Bremen, a research scholar at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, as well as a fellow at the Hanse Institute for Advanced Study in Delmenhorst. Before starting his group at the Rockefeller University in 2010, he started and headed the primate brain imaging group at Bremen University and spent a sabbatical at California Institute of Technology. He won the 2010 Klingenstein-Simons Fellowship Award in the Neurosciences, was a 2010 Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences and a 2011 McKnight Scholar, and received a 2011 NSF Career Award and a 2013 New York Stem Cell Foundation’s Robertson Neuroscience Investigator Award. His research focuses on uncovering the neural mechanisms of social perception and cognition.