Jörg Hacker is a microbiologist. His research focused on the molecular analysis of pathogenic bacteria and host-microbe interaction. From 1980, he worked at the Department of Microbiology at the University of Würzburg, Germany, where he was promoted to Professor in 1986. From 1993, he then led the Würzburg Institute for Molecular Infection Biology. He was Vice President of the German Research Foundation (DFG) and President of the Robert Koch Institute. Since 2010, he has been President of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina. He has received numerous awards and became a member in various national and international academies, scientific societies and committees. From 2014 until 2016, he served as an ad-personam member of the Scientific Advisory Board set up by the then-UN Secretary-General Ban-Ki Moon.