Born in Munich in 1980. studied physics at the University of Augsburg, the Université de Savoie and the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon. Doctoral degree at the Laboratoire d'Annecy-Le-Vieux de Physique Théorique. Postdoctoral research at Humboldt University in Berlin. Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton 2011 - 2015. Appointed W3 professor at the University of Mainz in 2015, where he led a scientific group in theoretical Physics. Since October 2018 he has been a director at the Max Planck Institute for Physics and a honorary professor at the LMU Munich.