Joachim Boldt studied philosophy, literature, and linguistics in Heidelberg, Berlin, and Sheffield. He obtained a PhD in philosophy in Berlin, his dissertation was on Kierkegaard's Fear and Trembling. As postdoc he was affiliated with the Department of Medical Ethics and the History of Medicine at Freiburg University. Today he is associate professor and deputy director at the department. He coordinates the ethics consultation service at Freiburg University Hospital. His research interests include ethical issues in synthetic biology and biotechnology, ethics of human enhancement, clinical ethics, and existential ethics.