Biography

After studying Biology and Chemistry at the University of Marburg, I graduated with a Diploma (1987) which is equivalent to a BSc plus an MSc. I stayed at the University of Marburg to undertake a PhD in Biochemistry entitled “On the Mechanism of Energy Transduction in Biological Membranes – Studies on Isolated and in Liposomes Reconstituted Cytochrome c Oxidase” under the supervision of Professor Bernhard Kadenbach. Part of my PhD work I carried out in the laboratories of Professor Sergio Papa at the Institute of Medical Biochemistry and Chemistry, University of Bari, Italy, and Dr Martin Brand at the Department of Biochemistry, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom. These research visits were sponsored by an EMBO Short Term Fellowship and by the Fonds der Chemischen Industrie, respectively. In 1990 I completed my PhD with distinction.
After my PhD I took up a position as Head of Laboratories at the Faculty of Process Engineering, University of Applied Sciences Furtwangen (1990-1991). This job included planning and designing of laboratories for the new founded course in Bioengineering. In 1992, I returned to science and took up a position as a postdoctoral research assistant at the prestigious Max-Planck-Institute for Biology in Tübingen to work with Professor Peter Overath on the transferrin receptor of Trypanosoma brucei. This allowed me to get a Research Group Leader position at the Department of Parasitology, University of Heidelberg (1995-2001). I continued my work on the transferrin receptor of T. brucei and started screening of natural and synthetic compounds for trypanocidal and leishmanicidal activity. During this time I completed my Habilitation in Biochemistry (2000) and was awarded the venia legendi and the title “Privatdozent”. After a short research stay at the Interdisciplinary Research Center, University of Gießen (2001), I took up a position as Lecturer in Parasitology at the School of Biological Sciences, University of Bristol (2001-2004). Here I continued my work on screening of compounds for trypanocidal activity and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2003. In 2004 I joined the Norwich Medical School at the University of East Anglia as Lecturer in Biochemistry and Genetics. Ever since I am carrying forward my research on antimicrobial drug screening. In 2008 I was promoted to Senior Lecturer again.

Career

Career summary

  • 1987-1990, Graduate Teaching Assistant , Faculty of Chemistry, University of Marburg, Germany
  • 1990-1991, Head of Laboratories, Faculty of Process Engineering, University of Applied Sciences Furtwangen, Germany
  • 1992-1995, Postdoctoral Research Assistant, Department of Membrane Biochemistry, Max-Planck-Institute for Biology Tübingen, Germany
  • 1995-2001, Research Group Leader, Department of Parasitology, University of Heidelberg, Germany
  • 2001, Senior Research Assistant, Interdisciplinary Research Center, University of Gießen, Germany
  • 2001-2004, Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Parasitology, School of Biological Sciences, University of Bristol, United Kingdom.

Academic Background

  • 1981-1987, University of Marburg, Germany, Diploma in Chemistry and Biology (equivalent to B.Sc. plus M.Sc.)
  • 1987-1990, University of Marburg, Germany, Ph.D. in Biochemistry (Distinction)
  • 1995-2000, University of Heidelberg, Germany, Habilitation in Biochemistry (venia legendi)
  • Since 2005, member of the British Society for Parasitology

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