Since Oct 2015 Research associate & group leader (“Assistant Professor”), Institute of Biology, University Leipzig.
Since Jan 2015 Scientific associate at the Natural History Museum, London.
Jan 2015 – Jul 2015 Postdoc at the Center for Molecular Biodiversity, Bonn.
Nov 2014 – Jan 2015 Research Fellow at the Natural History Museum, London.
Oct 2012 – Sep 2014 Postdoc at the Natural History Museum, London, DFG Research Grant.
Feb 2010 – Jun 2012 Postdoc position at the ZFMK Bonn, DFG Research Grant.

University – PhD

Oct 2005 – Jan 2010 PhD [Magna cum laude] “Molecular insights to crustacean phylogeny” within DFG priority program: “Deep Metazoan Phylogeny “
Mar 2004 – Mar 2005 Master [Sehr gut]
Phylogeography of the Zygaena angelicae/transalpina complex based on phylogenetic and Nested Clade Analysis using mt-DNA“.
Feb 2004 Master exam: Zoology. Cell Biology and Chemistry
Oct 1999 – Jan 2003 Study of Biology at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms Universität, Bonn

Personally obtained, competitive funding and Grant proposals

Feb 2017 DFG grant (RE-3454/4-1):
Venom evolution in robber flies: An integrative approach applying functional morphology in venomics
May 2016 Paul Scherer Institut Switzerland (PSI Synchrotron Tomcat Beamline, proposal 20160644)
Apr 2016 Co-PI: Doktorandenförderplatz Universität Leipzig, PhD project: Comparative venom evolution of robber flies
Jun 2015 DAAD congress grant (Invited talk, International Society of Toxinology, Oxford, UK)
May 2015 NHM DIF bid, “First characterisation of robber fly venom composition by transcriptomics and proteomics
Jan 2015 DFG grant (RE-3454/2-1, Rückkehrstipendium), own position
Nov 2014 – Jan 2015 NHM DIF bid, own position
May 2014 DAAD travel grant (SMBE congress 2014), declined
Apr 2014 Paul Scherer Institut Switzerland (PSI Synchrotron Tomcat Beamline, proposal 20140194), declined
Oct 2013 – present DFG Research Grant (RE- 3454/1-2), own position
Sep 2013 NHM DIF bid (Cave diving expedition to Mexico to explore and collect the first venomous crustacean)
Oct 2012 – Sep 2013 DFG Research Grant (RE- 3454/1-1), own position
2009 Raiffeisenbank Rhein Sieg, Bonn, material expenses
2008 Alexander Koenig Stiftung, travel allowance
2004 Alexander Koenig Stiftung, travel allowance
Equipment Poseidon Tauchprodukte GmbH (Sponser 2008), Protec Sardinia (Sponser 2008 -2012)

Teaching experience (more details see “teaching”)

Jul 2017 Lecturer & Organizer: 1 week  field course for magister/bachelor students “Spezielle Zoologie” (11-BIO-0411),
Topics: Biological & chemical water quality, insect ecology, bat ecology, general invertebrate zoology, biology and diversity.
Jan 2017 – Feb 2017 Lecturer and organizer: 3 week master course and seminar (Master of Science, Biology)
Molecular systematics, phylogenomics and genomics 
in the light of venom evolution“,  (11-BIO-0730)
Jan 2016 – Feb 2017 Co-Lecturer: Evolutionary Ecology, Master of Science, Biology, (1hour/week)
Oct 2016 – Feb 2017 Lecturer and organizer: Literature seminar,Methods of scientific working“, (1hour/week)
Jul 2016 Lecturer & Organizer: 1 week  field course for magister/bachelor students “Spezielle Zoologie” (11-BIO-0411),
25. Jan – 12. Feb 2016 Lecturer & Organizer: 3 week master course and seminar (Master of Science, Biology)
Molecular systematics & phylogeny, transcriptomics and phylogenomics“, (11-BIO-0730)
Oct 2015 – Jan 2016 Lecturer and organizer: Literature seminar, Methods of scientific working“, (1hour/week)
Oct 2015 – Jan 2016 Co-lecturer: “Biologisches Grundpraktium I, Allgemeine Zoologie” (General practical in zoology), 2days/week
1st semester Bachelor of Science (11-BIO-0101)
Oct 2014 Lecturer in Master of Research (Biodiversity, Evolution and Conservation): “Data quality in phylogenetics and phylogenomics“, (1day)
Oct 2013 Lecturer in Master of Research (Biodiversity, Evolution and Conservation): “Data quality in phylogenetics and phylogenomics“, (1day)
July 2009 Teaching assistant: ”Marine Arthropoda and Annelida
July 2008 Teaching assistant: “Marine Invertebrate Zoology
May 2007 Teaching assistant: “Marine Invertebrate Zoology
Dec 2006 Teaching assistant: “Phylogeny and Systematics
Dec 2005 Teaching assistant: “Phylogeny and Systematics
Generally: introduction of students into principles of evolutionary theory and laboratory molecular work

Fieldwork – Research Stays (only > 5 days)

Jul 2016 Collection of robber flies [South of France/Eastern Germany]
Jun 2014 Collection of robber flies [ Germany]
Mar 2014 Cave diving expedition to collect remipedes for proteomic work [Yucatan, Mexico]
Jul 2012 – Sep 2012 Research stay and cave explorations to collect crustaceans and hexapods [Sardinia, Italy]
Jan 2012 Cave diving expedition [Yucatan, Mexico]
Aug 2011 Deeper diving ’Meiofauna’-exploration (Cephalocarida), Cala Gonnone [Sardinia, Italy]
Oct 2010 Coastal diving ’Meiofauna’-exploration (Cephalocarida), Cala Gonnone [Sardinia, Italy]
Aug 2010 Material collection “Interstitialfauna’ (Mystacocarida), Ferrol [Galicia, Spain]
Sep 2009 Material collection ’Interstitialfauna’ (Mystacocarida, Crustacea), Ferrol [Galicia, Spain]
Jul 2009 Research stay at DESY Hamburg (Synchroton scanning of crustaceans) [Germany]
Jan 2009 Material collection ’Interstitial – and Benthosfauna’ (Mystacocarida, Leptostraca), Ferrol [Galicia, Spain]
Nov 2008 Cave diving expedition to collect Remipedia [Yucatan, Mexico]
Sep 2008 Collecting Crustacea by Scuba Diving [Sardinia, Italy]
Jul 2008 Collecting Crustacea (Leptostraca, Ostracoda, Cephalocarida) by Scuba Diving [Giglio, Italy]
Jun 2008 Research Stay Rutgers University, [New Jersey, USA]
Jul 2007 Research Stay TAMUG University, [Texas, USA] / Cave diving [Yucatan, Mexico]
May 2007 Collection of Crustacea by Meiofauna sampling, [Giglio, Italy]
May 2006 Research Stay at DZMB Wilhelmshaven, “Meionord-Expedition” on Research Vessel ’Heincke’ (benthic/pelagic meiofauna collection), [Germany]
Mar 2006 Collecting Mystacocarida and other Crustacea, Biological Marine Station Ferrol [Galicia, Spain]
Jun 2004 Collection of butterflies, [Germany, Austria and Czech Republic]
Jul 2004 Collection of butterflies, Thessaly and Epiros [Greece]
Aug 1997 International nature conservation project [Portugal]: “Vulture protection in the nature conservation area “Parque natural do Tejo International (PNTI)“

Review – Membership Activity

Memberships Systematics Association, SMBE
Reviewer for MPE (Molecular Phylogeny and Evolution), MBE (Molecular Biology and Evolution), BMC Evolutionary Biology, BMC Genomics, Journal of Crustacean Biology, JZSEB (Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research), Integrative and Comparative Biology


16. – 19. May 2017 Organizer of the 3D reconstruction workshop in Leipzig (16.05. – 19.05.): “From synchrotron based µ-CT scans to 3D reconstructions and beyond”, cooperation with A. Blanke.
21. Jan 2014 Introduction to Project Management, NHM HR, London, United Kingdom.
11. Dec 2013 Scientific Simulation and High Performance Computing, QMUL, London, United Kingdom.
25. Feb 2012 High quality 3D reconstruction for everyone: open-source solutions and their workflow to analyse and publish microCT data.
Feb 2008 Co-organizer of the 5th “European Basal Hexapod Workgroup meeting” and the 1st  “Arthropod Primer Toolbox Meeting”, ZFMK Bonn
Nov 2007 Organizer of the workshop “Alignment masking and analyses of secondary structures”, ZFMK Bonn
Jul 2007 “Tropical Marine Ecology” course Texas A&M University (TAMUG, USA)
Nov 2006 Co-organizer of the “3rd European Basal Hexapod Workgroup meeting”, ZFMK Bonn
Feb 2006 Co-organizer of the “ 2nd European Basal Hexapod Workgroup meeting”, ZFMK Bonn
Apr 2007 Phylogeny workshop: “tree alignment and databases”, Vienna. Austria
May 2006 Laboratory workshop: “cDNA libraries and cloning”. Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics. Berlin. Germany

Non Universitary Employment and Education

Jul 2005 – Sep 2005 Scientific assistant for network and computational administration at the ZFMK, Bonn
Aug 1999 –Apr 2005 Student assistant at “Informatikzentrum der Sparkassenorganisation (SIZ) GmbH Bonn“
Oct 1997 Training course at the Nature Conservation Academy NABU Deutschland: Nature and Species conservation, Public relations
Sep 1997 –Sep 1998 Zivildienst (Civilian Service) at Naturschutzbund (NABU Bonn-Rhein-Sieg): Habitat protection and preservation, field mapping, public relations, excursions
May 1997 Degree “Allgemeine Hochschulreife” [Final Mark: 1.6]
Jun 1994 Stay at College Karl Marx, Villejuef, Paris [France]
Mar 1990 Stay at Forfar Academy, Secondary School, Speyside Destrict [Scotland]
1987 – 1997 Visit of the Städtisches Kopernikus-Gymnasium Niederkassel

Non Universitary Activities

Mar 2011 – Mar 2012 Economic Course (AKAD): Project management & decision techniques.
Since May 2007 Scuba diving (PADI: OW, AOWD, Nitrox), Technical diving (Tech Essential, IANTD/NACD: Full Cave diver, IANTD: Sidemount Diver).
1998 – 2006 Founder and member of the “Bonner Arbeitskreis für Fledermausschutz, (BAFF)”: Research and protection of local bat fauna, Diversity in local cave systems
Language skills English fluently. French basic knowledge
Interests Biology, Science, History, Technology, Politics, Sports, Speleology, Diving, Photography