Born 1978 in Berlin, Germany. 1998 onwards studies of medicine and physics at Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg, Germany (Medical license and Diploma in physics). Brief interlude as strategy consultant with McKinsey. Doctoral thesis with Bert Sakmann and Post-Doc with Winfried Denk at the Max Planck Institute for Medical Research in Heidelberg. 2011-2014 Research Group leader and Principal Investigator at the Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology, Munich. Since August 2014 Scientific Member of the Max Planck Society and Director at the Max Planck Institute for Brain Research, Frankfurt, Germany.
09/2016 - present: Professor (Chair, extraordinary professor) for Neuronal Networks at Radboud University, Nijmegen, Netherlands
2013: Bernard Katz Lecture
2009: Otto Hahn Medal awarded by the Max Planck Society
1998-2006: German National Academic Merit Foundation (Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes), full scholarship
Boehringer-Ingelheim Foundation, Biophysical Journal, Cell, Cerebral Cortex, Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD), Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), eLife, The Journal of Neuroscience, Molecular Psychiatry, Nature, Nature Biotechnology, Nature Communications, Nature Methods, Nature Neuroscience, Nature Reviews Neuroscience, Neuroinformatics, PLoS Computational Biology, PLoS One, Science, The Wellcome Trust, The Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation.
Member of selection committees:
Max Planck Director selection committees, Max Planck Research Group Leader selection committees; Chair of selection panel for Max-Planck-wide group leaders (since 2016); German National Academic Merit Foundation (2008-2014).
Member: Lead scientist, Max Planck - Chinese Academy of Sciences Big Data Initiative 2017; Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Biomedical Big Data Center, CAS-MPG Partner Institute of Computational Biology, Chinese Academy of Science (since 2017); Member of perspective committee of the biomedical section of the Max Planck Society (since 2017); Max Planck-Hebrew University Center (2015-2017); Board of reviewing editors, eLife (2017-2020)