Born on July 31, 1965 in Munich. Study of physics TU Munich (1985), diploma in physics (1990), visiting scientist Univ. Urbana-Champaign (1990-1991), doctorate TU Munich (1994), visiting scientist CENG Grenoble (1994), postdoctoral fellow Univ. Munich (1994-1998), EMBO Fellow ETH Zurich, Switzerland (1997), independent research group MPI for Biophysical Chemistry (1998-2003), habilitation in physics Univ. Göttingen (2002), Associate Professor EPFL Lausanne, Switzerland (2003), Director and Scientific Member at the MPI for Biophysical Chemistry (since 2003), Honorary Professor for Physics Univ. Göttingen (since 2005).