Born on November 19, 1960 in Kiev, Ukraine. Study of biology and PhD in molecular biology and genetics Univ. Kiev (1989), research fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Univ. Witten-Herdecke (1990-1992), research assistent Univ. Witten-Herdecke, habilitation in biochemistry (1997), Professor Univ. Witten-Herdecke (1998-2008), chair of Physical Chemistry Univ. Witten-Herdecke (2000-2008), Director and Scientific Member at the MPI for Biophysical Chemistry (since 2008).