Born on 24th March 1958 in Nickenich, Germany.
Study of Biology at Marburg University (Germany), Juniata College (Pennsylvania, USA), and Tuebingen University (Germany); PhD 1987.
Research abroad at the Frederick Cancer Research and Development Center, Frederick, MD, USA, and Bristol-Myers Squibb Pharmaceutical Research Institute, Princeton, NJ, USA (1988-1993).
Group leader at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory, Heidelberg, Germany (1993-2001).
Director and Scientific Member at the Max-Planck Institute of Neurobiology (since 2001).
Co-Founder of the company Cellzome, AG (Heidelberg, Germany).