Dr. Mayer-Kuckuk studied chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Bonn and Free University Berlin. He graduated summa cum laude with a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the Free University Berlin. Supported by a fellowship from the Mildred Scheel Foundation, Philipp joined Dr. Joseph Bertino for his post-doctoral studies at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. He then entered an academic career in research and education and accepted positions at leading institutions, including Rutgers University, The Hospital for Special Surgery, Technical University Munich, and the Helmholtz Center Munich. Philipp is a successful grant writer, serving as principle investigator on multiple grants he received from private foundations as well as federal entities such as the National Institutes of Health or the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft. He has a keen interest in the development of scientific content and is an active member of the European Medical Writers Association.

Philipp likes to push boundaries. Working for well over 10 years side-by-side with doctors including orthopedic surgeons, he realized that orthopedic patients often do not have all the information they need to make informed decisions on their joint replacement and started to consult patients on knee implants. Philipp is the only scientist to offer such consultation.