Ralf Schülein studied biology in Würzburg and did his doctorate there at the Chair of Microbiology. As a post-doc, he worked for three years at the Rudolf Buchheim Institute for Pharmacology at the University of Giessen. He has headed a research group at the FMP since 1997 and the Cell Engineering Facility since 2020. The habilitation in pharmacology and toxicology took place at the former Faculty of Medicine at the Freie Universität Berlin. In 2014, Ralf Schülein was appointed adjunct professor at the Charite University Medicine Berlin. He teaches medical students in pharmacology and toxicology. He also has a teaching position at the Freie Universität Berlin.