Born 13.12.1967 in Wiesbaden. Study of biology at the University of Konstanz 1988 - 1993 (Diploma 1993), followed by PhD in 1997. Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University with Ed Solomon from 1997 - 1999, followed by two years of Habilitation studies (bioinorganic and theoretical chemistry) at Konstanz University. From 2001 - 2006 Group Leader at the Max Planck Institute for Radiation Chemistry (since 2003 MPI for Bioinorganic Chemistry). From 2006 - 2011 Professor and Chair for Theoretical Chemistry at Bonn University, from 2008 - 2011 also Fellow of the Max Planck Society. Since 2011 Scientific Member and Director at the Max Planck Institute for Bioinorganic Chemistry. Klung-Wilhelmy-Weberbank Award 2008, Leibniz Award 2010.