Herbert is a scientific co-founder of Quench Bio. He has headed the Department of Chemical Biology at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Physiology since 1999 and, concurrently, has also held the position of Full Professor of Biochemistry at the Technische Universität Dortmund. He studied chemistry and completed his PhD in organic chemistry under the direction of Horst Kunz at the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz. After a two year postdoctoral fellowship with George Whitesides at Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA he became a Professor at the University of Mainz in 1991. Shortly thereafter he was appointed Professor of Organic Chemistry at the University of Bonn. In 1993 he became Professor of Organic Chemistry at the University of Karlsruhe.
Author of more than 500 peer-reviewed scientific publications, he has been awarded numerous academic distinctions, including the Otto Bayer Prize, the Emil-Fischer Medal of the German Chemical Society (GDCh), one of the highest distinction in Organic Chemistry in Germany, the Hans-Herloff-Inhoffen-Medal and the Max Bergmann Medal. For more than 20 years Herbert has been a scientific consultant and advisor to major pharmaceutical, agrochemical and chemical companies and biotechnology companies.