Degree in Genetics and Biochemistry, Ludwig-Maximilian-University, Munich (1993).
PhD in Neurobiology at Max-Planck-Institute for Psychiatry, Department of Neurochemistry, Martinsried (1997).
Research Associate of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, University of California, San Diego, with Roger Y. Tsien (1997-2001).
Assistant at the Department of Systems and Computational Neurobiology, Max-Planck-Institute of Neurobiology, Martinsried (Nov. 2001- 2005).
Since 2005: W2 Research Group leader at the Max-Planck-Institute of Neurobiology.