1982-1987 Studies in Chemistry at the Philipps-Universität of Marburg
1987-1988 Diploma-thesis at the Department of Physiological Chemistry of Prof. Dr. Dr. Klaus Seifart Topic: Physical and immunological characterisation of human transcription factor IIIA graduation: diploma
1988-1991 Dissertation at the Department of Molecular Biochemistry & Biophysics of Prof. Dr. Dieter Söll Topic: Identity elements of E.coli glutaminyl-tRNA required for the recognition by Gln-tRNA synthetase, at Yale University, New Haven, Ct. U.S.A.
1991 Graduation: Dr. rer. nat.
1991-1992 Research assistant at the Deptm. of Molecular Biochemistry & Biophysics of Prof. Dr. Dieter Söll at Yale University
1992-1995 Research assistant at the Department of tumor biology of Prof. Dr. R. Lührmann at the Philipps Universität, Marburg on U snRNA splicing
1995-1996 Research assistant at the Department of Physiological Chemistry of Prof. Dr. Maser at the Philipps Universität, Marburg on steroid and aromatic hydrocarbon catabolism in Comamonas testosteroni
1996-2000 Research assistant at the Department of Microbiology of Prof. Dr. Georg Fuchs, Albert-Ludwigs-University in Freiburg, on Identification of enzymes involved in anaerobic degradation of aromatic compounds
since 2000 Research assistant at Department of Microbiology of Prof. Dr. Dieter Jahn at the Technical University in Braunschweig on Tetrapyrrol biosynthesis