Born on March 8, 1960 in Kiel. Study of biology and physics Heidelberg Univ., diploma biology (1985), diploma physics (1987), PhD (1990), postdoc MPI for Med. Research, Heidelberg (1990), postdoc Brandeis Univ., Waltham/USA (1990-1992), group leader MPI for Med. Research (1992-1993), group leader MPI of Mol. Physiology (1994-2002), German Habilitation in biophysics (1999), Director and Scientific Member at the Max Planck Institute for Medical Research (since 2002).