Academic and professional career


2020 Fraunhofer Institute “Translationale Neuroinflammation und automatisierte Mikroskopie”
2020 – Acting Director, Center of Biochemistry and Molecular Cell Biology, Göttingen
2007 – Full Professor (W3) and Director, Department of Cellular Biochemistry, University
Medical Center, Göttingen
2004 – 2007 Assistant Professor (C2), University of Freiburg
2000 – 2004 Research Group Leader (C1), University of Freiburg
1998 – 2000 Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California San Diego (HHMI), USA with Prof. Dr. S.D. Emr
1996 – 1998 Postdoctoral Fellow, Ruhr University Bochum with Prof. Dr. Dr. W.-H. Kunau
Nov. 2003 Habilitation, University of Freiburg, Venia Legendi “Biochemistry and Molecular Biology”
1993 – 1996 Dissertation, Ruhr University Bochum, with Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. W.-H. Kunau (summa cum laude)
1991 – 1993 Diploma, Ruhr University Bochum, with Prof. Dr. E.W. Weiler (with distinction)
1987 – 1993 Study of Biology and Chemistry, Ruhr University Bochum

Functions in scientific societies and committees

2019 – Advisory Board “IMOL”, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw
2019 – Board Cluster of Excellence EXC 2067:’
“Multiscale Bioimaging: From molecular machines to networks of excitable cells”
2017 – International Scientific Committee (ISC) of the „Regenerative Mechanisms for Health”
International Research Agenda Unit, University of Warsaw,
Poland, Speaker 2017-2020
2017 – 2019 Speaker, Council Centre for New Technologies, University of Warsaw, Poland
2017 – Vice Dean of Sciences, University Medical Center, Göttingen
2016 – Speaker SFB 1190: “Compartmental Gates and Contact sites in Cells”
2011 – 2016 Acting Director, Center of Biochemistry and Molecular Cell Biology, Göttingen
2013 – Board of Directors, Heart Center Göttingen
2015 – Program Director, IMPRS “Molecular Biology”
2013 – Board of the International Max Planck Research School – IMPRS “Molecular Biology”
2010 – Research Fellow, Max Planck Institute for Multidisciplinary Sciences, Göttingen.
2010 – Vice spokesperson, SFB860
2010 – 2019 Faculty of 1000, Faculty member
2009 – Associated with the European Neuroscience Institute (ENI)

Collaborative Research Grants

2023 – DFG Project, SFB1565: „Interconnections of the mitochondrial translation machinery“
2019 – DFG Project, FOR2848: „Investigation of the spatial distribution of OXPHOS complex
assembly in mammalian cells” Project leader with Prof Dr S. Jakobs
2017 – DFG Project, SFB1286: „Mitochondrial Function and Turnover in Synapses” with
Prof Dr H. Urlaub
2016 – DFG Project, SFB1190: „Protein transport along the mitochondria carrier pathway”
July 2012 – DFG Project, SFB1002: „Heart insufficiency in
mitochondrial cardiomyopathies exemplified in Barth Syndrome“
2010 – 2023 DFG Project, SFB860: „Structure and dynamics of the presequence translocase complex in
the inner mitochondrial membrane“
2007 – 2015 DFG Project, FOR 967:
„Mdm38 and biogenesis of inner membrane protein complexes“
2001 – 2006 DFG Project in the SFB 388

Awards and Honors

2022 ERC Advanced Investigator Grant “MiXpress”
2022 Elected EMBO Member
2020 Elected Member of the Niedersächsische Akademie der Wissenschaften
zu Göttingen
2019 Elected Member of the Academia Europaea
2018 Elected Member of the Leopoldina (National Academy of Science)
2016 Copernicus Award of the DFG and the Foundation for Polish Science (FNP) together with Prof.
Dr. A. Chacinska
2013 ERC Advanced Investigator Grant “MITRAC”
2004 Annual award (Habilitation award) of the “Wissenschaftliche Gesellschaft der
Universität Freiburg”
2005 Young Investigator Award of the German Society for Biochemistry and Molecular
Biology (GBM) together with the „Schering Stiftung“
1998 – 2000 DFG-Research fellowship (USA), HHMI University of California San Diego