Study of Chemistry Univ. Tübingen und TU Berlin, PhD (1979), Habilitation Univ. Osnabrück in Biophysics (1983), research in Stony Brook/USA, Kyoto/Japan, Woods Hole/USA, Director of the Institute of Neuroscience and Biophysics at Research Center Jülich (1988-2007), Director of the International Helmholtz Research School of Biophysics and Soft Matter (2006-2009), Director of the Max Planck Institute for Neurological Research (2010-2011), Professor for Biophysical Chemistry Univ. of Cologne (since 1988) and Professor for Molecular Neurobiology Univ. of Bonn (since 2008), Scientific Member of the Max Planck Society (since 2007), Director of caesar (since 2008).