Mathias Groll was born in Munich and studied medicine there as well. He earned his doctorate from the Max-Planck-Institute for psychiatry in Munich. Postdoctoral, he worked as a doctor for neurology, psychiatry, and psychoanalysis and contributed immensely with his work to the „Institut for Psychoanalysis Bremen“. Next to his medical career, he works in a variety of teaching positions and writes poetry, lyrical prose, and short stories. Groll currently lives in Bremen with his wife.