1978-1984 Studies of Biology, Chemistry and Political Sciences at the Phillips-University Marburg
1984 Exam/Diploma, Phillips-University Marburg
1984-1987 Graduation and PhD with Professor Dr. K. H. Seifart in the Institute for Molecular Biology and Tumor Research at Marburg University Topics: Transcription factors of RNA polymerase III
1988-1992 Postdoc in the lab of Prof. Dr. Dieter Soell, Yale University; New Haven, USA (DFG stipend) Topics: tRNA-dependent reactions in green algae, yeasts and bacteria, tetrapyrrole biosynthesis
1992-1996 Junior Researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology, Marburg Topics: Tetrapyrrole biosynthesis, gene regulation in bacteria
1994 Habilitation in Microbiology at the Phillips-University Marburg, mentor: Prof. Dr. R. K. Thauer
1996-2000 Associate Professor of Biochemistry in the Institute for Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry of the Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg im Breisgau Topics: Structure and function of enzymes of the tetrapyrrole biosynthesis, gene regulation of Bacillus subtilis and Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Vitamin B12-production in Bacillus megaterium
Since 2000 Full Professor of Microbiology at the Institute for Microbiology of the Technischen Universität Carolo-Wilhelmina zu Braunschweig
Other science related functions and awards
2016 Elected president of Hamburg University - denied
2012-2018 Vice President for Research of Braunschweig University of Technology
2011-2016 President/Vice President of the German Microbiological Society (VAAM)
2016-today member of the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research Braunschweig scientific advisory board
2016-today Cofounder and member of the steering committee of the DFG Research Training Group (PROCOMPAS)
2013-today Speaker of the Niedersachsen Collaborative Research Group "CDiff - Epidemiology and systems biology of the bacterial pathogen Clostridiumdifficile", now "CDinfect".
2010-today Director of the Systems Biology Centre "BRICS"
2010-today Cofounder and member of the steering committee of the Transregional Collaborative Research Centre TR51 (Roseobacter)
2010-2014 Coordinator of the BMBF funded project "Medical infection genomics"
2009-2011 Dean of the Faculty of Life Sciences, Braunschweig University
2008-2016 Founder of the DFG Research unit 1220 (PROTRAIN)
2007-2012 Speaker of the DFG Collaborative Research Centre 578 (From Gene to Product)
2006-2012 Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Leibniz Institute DSMZ
2006-2008 Study Dean of Biotechnology Studies
2004-2012 Member of the DFG Study Section 204 (Granting committee), "Microbiology, Virology, Immunology"
1997-2000 Cofounder and Speaker of DFG Research Training Group "Biochemistry of enzymes" (Freiburg University)
anaerobic metabolism and regulation in Bacillus subtilis
systems biology of Dinorosebacter shibae adaptation to marine habitats
biotechnology of the protein production using Bacilllus megaterium