Management of the Institute


Professional career

4/2015 – present Deputy Director of Fraunhofer IGB
1/2006 – present Head of the Department of Molecular Biotechnology at Fraunhofer IGB
4/2004 – present Lecturer at the Faculty of Energy Technology, Process Engineering and Biological Engineering at the University of Stuttgart
1999 – 2005 Young Research Group manager “Automated Protein Screening Systems” at the Fraunhofer IGB
1995 – 1998 Research fellow at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, MIT, Cambridge USA


Scientific career

5/2015 – present Professor for Molecular Biotechnology, University of Stuttgart
2000 – 2004 Habilitation at the University of Stuttgart
Thesis: "Signaltransduktions-Mechanismen bei der Morphogenese und Pathogenese von Hefen"
1990 – 1994 Doctorate at the Institute of Biochemistry,
University of Stuttgart
Thesis: “Aufklärung der Aktivierungsmechanismen vakuolärer Proteinasen der Hefe Saccharomyces cerevisiae mit Hilfe von Mutationsstudien des aktiven Zentrums der Aspartat-Proteinase yscA“
1990 – 1991 Diploma thesis, University of Stuttgart
1986 – 1987 Master of Science in Chemistry, University of Cincinnati, OH, USA
1982 – 1990 Studies in Chemistry, University of Stuttgart


Awards and accomplishments

September 2005 Research Award from the DMykG for medical Mycology
April 2004 Habilitation in the field of Biochemistry at the University of Stuttgart
1995 Research Fellowship from the German Research Foundation, DFG
1990 PhD Scholarship from the Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts, Baden Württemberg:


Teaching

2014 – present Faculty of Energy-, Process- and Bio-Engineering,
University of Stuttgart

  • Biologische und chemische Verfahren für die industrielle Nutzung von Biomasse (with Dr. Ursula Schließmann)
  • Infektionsbiologie: Pathogenese und Diagnostik von Pilzen
2011 – present

Faculty of Energy-, Process- and Bio-Engineering,
University of Stuttgart

  • Teile der Medizinischen Verfahrenstechnik II
  • Medizinische und Molekulare Diagnostik (1 SWS)
  • Biobasierte Materialien (2 SWS, with Prof. Dr. Thomas Hirth) 
1999 – 2011

Faculty of Chemistry , Institute of Biochemistry
University of Stuttgart

Lectures:

  • Moderne Methoden in der Biochemie
  • Ausgewählte Kapitel in der Biochemie
  • Seminar zum Großpraktikum Biochemie

Internships:

  • Biochemisches Praktikum für Technische Biologen
  • Biochemisches Praktikum für Dipl.-Chemiker (Elective course internship)
    as part of the "Neukonzeption, Organisation und Durchführung des Versuchsblocks RNA/Transkriptionsprofile" Internship

Memberships

  • Communication officer of the GBM for the University of Stuttgart
  • Elected Member of the executive board of the section “Eukaryotic Pathogens” of the DGHM
  • Elected Member of the FEBS Advanced Courses Committee (2008-2014)
  • Member of the Organizing Committee (Vice-Chair/Chair) of the FEBS Advanced Lecture Course on Human Fungal Pathogens (2005, 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2013)
  • Member of the scientific advisory board of ISHAM 2012
  • Coordinator several EU, ERA-Net or BMBF funded projects
  • Grant reviewing activities for the EU in FP6 and FP7; BMBF, Germany; DFG, Germany; NSF, USA and Ireland; NIH, USA; Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany; BBRSC, UK, among others
  • Ad hoc reviewer for multiple scientific journals