Thomas Lenarz studied medicine and biochemistry at the universities of Tübingen, Erlangen, Heidelberg and London from 1975 until 1981 and received his doctoral degree in medicine. Ph.D. in pharmacology of the auditory system in 1987.
Postdoctoral research fellow at the University of California in San Francisco in 1989. Since 1993 Chairman and Professor at the Department of Otolaryngology, Hannover Medical School.
Coordinator of the Collaborative Research Program (SFB 599) “Sustainable Bioresorbable and Permanent Implants of Metallic and Ceramic Materials” and co-director of the Cluster of Excellence Hearing4All Hannover-Oldenburg.
Director of the German Hearing Centre and the Research Institute of Audio- and Neurotechnology in Hannover. Member of the German National Academy of Sciences (Leopoldina) and the German Academy Technology (acatech).
Current President of the German Society of Biomedical Technology. Research interests in the area of auditory implants, biomaterials for medical implants, audiology and neurotology.