Education and training
|1980 - 1986||Studies of biological sciences at the Universität Köln.
Supervisor for Diploma thesis: Prof. Dr. Ruth Ehring
|1986 - 1989||PhD work at the Institut für Genbiologische Forschung associated with the Freie Universität Berlin and
University of California, San Diego (UCSD, La Jolla).
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Lothar Willmitzer
|1989 - 1992||Group leader of the carbohydrate section at the department of Prof. Dr. L. Willmitzer at the Institut für Genbiologische Forschung, Berlin|
|1992 - 2004||Group leader Molecular Plant Physiology at the Institute for Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK) in Gatersleben, Germany|
|1993||Habilitation in Biochemistry at the Universität Göttingen, Germany|
|1998 - 2004||Appointed Professor (C4) at the Martin-Luther-Universität Halle/Wittenberg for Molecular Cell Biology of Plant Systems and as head of the Department of Molecular Cell Biology at the IPK|
|1998||Co-founder of SunGene, a R&D company in the field of plant biotechnology; joint venture with BASF Plant Science|
|2004 -||Appointed professor (C4) at the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg and head of the Department of Biochemistry|
Awards and honours
|1992||Federation of European Societies of Plant Physiology Award|