Born on October 18, 1976, degree in natural sciences from the University of Cambridge, UK (2000). PhD under Marino Zerial at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics in Dresden, Germany (2005). Postdoctoral researcher in the lab of Alejandro Sanchez Alvarado at the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, USA (2006-2011). Independent Max Planck Research Group leader at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics in Dresden (2011-2019). Since 2019, Director of the department of tissue dynamics and regeneration at the Max Planck Institute of Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen.