Kalina Peneva studied Chemistry (1999-2004) at the University of Sofia, Bulgaria, where she received her Bachelor and Mater degrees at the Faculty of Chemistry and Pharmacy. Afterwards, she joined the group of Klaus Müllen at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research in Mainz, where she achieved her PhD in 2008 for her work on water-soluble rylene dyes and their biomedical applications. From 2008 to 2009 she worked on Nucleotide and Protein Recognition Systems at Ciba GmbH in Basel, Switzerland. In 2010 she rejoined the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research working on biohybrid systems and their applications in medicine. From 2011 to 2014 she was a group leader and her research interests included the design of branched peptides for gene delivery, site-selective modification and labeling of proteins, targeted drug delivery via antibody conjugates as well as structure elucidation of drug-peptide conjugates. In October 2015, she was appointed Professor at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena.