1996 Dr rer nat (Biology), Centre for Molecular Neurobiology (ZMNH), University of Hamburg
1997-2000 Postdoctoral fellow (Laboratory of Lily Jan, University of California, San Francisco, USA)
2000-2007 Research group leader at the Centre for Molecular Biology (ZMBH), University of Heidelberg
2004 Habilitation (Molecular Biology and Cell Biology) at the ZMBH
2007-2010 Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow, Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Manchester, UK
since 2010 Professor of Biochemistry and Director of the Department of Molecular Biology (formerly Biochemistry I)
since 2010 the group is associated with the Max Planck Institute of Biophysical Chemistry