EDUCATION / POSITIONS
1984 - 1986 B.Sc. (“Vordiplom”) in Agricultural Sciences, University of Bonn, Germany.
1986 – 1987 Practical training on a farm in Königswinter, Germany.
1987 - 1990 M.Sc. (“Diplom”) in Agricultural Sciences, University of Hohenheim, Germany.
1990 - 1991 Fulbright fellowship, Graduate study in Plant Genetics and Molecular Biology, University of Florida, USA.
1991 - 1995 Ph.D. in Plant Cell and Molecular Biology, University of Florida, USA. With Don McCarty and Indra Vasil. Topic: ABA signaling during maize seed maturation.
1995 – 1999 Postdoc, University of California, Berkeley, USA. With Peter Quail.
1999 - 2006 Independent group leader, University of Düsseldorf.
7/2003 Habilitation in Plant Biology, University of Düsseldorf.
since 2006 Professor, Botanical Institute, University of Cologne.
1990 - 1991 Fulbright Scholarship
2000 Bennigsen-Foerder-Research Prize of the State Northrhine-Westphalia
since 2013 Principal Investigator at the Cluster of Excellence on Plant Sciences (CEPLAS)
since 2013 Speaker of the CEPLAS Graduate School and the CEPLAS Equal Opportunity Programme
since 2015 Member of the Senate of the University of Cologne
2011-2013 Managing Director of the Botanical Institute