Georg Pohnert was born 1968 in Gelnhausen, Germany. He studied Chemistry at the University of Karlsruhe he then moved to the University of Bonn where he pursued his doctoral studies in the Group of Prof. W. Boland. Part of this work, which was focused on the pheromone chemistry of brown algae was carried out at the University of Washington, in the laboratories of Prof. Heinz G. Floss. In 1997 he joined the groups of Prof. Bruce Ganem and Prof. David B. Wilson at the Cornell University in Ithaca where he stayed as a postdoc working on the biochemical and biophysical characterisation of the E. coli P-protein with focus on the phenylalanine receptor site. He was then appointed to a group leader position at the Max-Planck-Institute for chemical ecology in Jena, Germany where he started his independent research carrier on algal defence reactions. In 2005, he was appointed as assistant professor at the Institute of Chemical Sciences and Engineering of the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland. He moved in 2007 to the Friedrich-Schiller-University in Jena where he was appointed as chair in Instrumental Analytics. A Lichtenberg Professorship was awarded to him by the Volkswagen Foundation. In 2005 Georg Pohnert received the "Akademiepreis für Chemie" of the "Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Göttingen" and in 2006 he was awarded the "Nachwuchswissenschafter-Preis für Naturstoffforschung der DECHEMA". Georg Pohnert was awarded the 2011 teaching award (Lehrpreis) of the Friedrich Schiller University Jena. He is Editor of the Roempp online dictionary, associate editor for Botanica Marina and on the editorial board of Natural Products Reports, Marine Drugs and Bioanalytical Reviews.
Since 2015 Georg Pohnert is has been appointed as Max-Planck-Fellow at the Max-Planck-Institute for Chemical Ecology where he heads a research team focused on the chemical regulation of plankton population dynamics.