Biography

I have studied Biology at the University of Freiburg im Breisgau, with Genetics as a major, as well as Neurobiology, Bioinformatics, and Computer Science as minor subjects. In between, I had the pleasure to study for one year at Stockholms University. I finished my studies with my diploma thesis in Neurogenetics in the lab of Karl Fischbach.

Following university, I worked for a short time in Jan Wijnhold’s lab at the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience in Amsterdam. I conducted my Ph.D. in Stephan Sigrist’s lab at the Rudolf Virchow Center for Experimental Biomedicine Würzburg and the Freie Universität Berlin. I completed my doctoral thesis (Dr. rer. nat.) in Biomedicine in 2013 and received my degree from the Graduate School of Life Sciences in Würzburg.

From 2014 to 2018, I worked as a PostDoc in Statistical Genetics in Bertram Müller-Myhsok’s group at the Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry. From 2019 to early 2021, I worked as a project group leader at the Department of Neurology at the Klinikum rechts der Isar, Technical University of Munich. Since March 2021, I am a Principal Scientist for Human Disease Genetics at Boehringer Ingelheim.

In addition to research, I enjoy teaching. Previously, I have taught summer courses at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and the Marine Biological Laboratory Woods Hole. Currently, I give seminars, lectures, and courses in Psychiatric Genetics, Genetic Epidemiology, Medical Genomics, and Statistics at the School of Medicine at the Technical University of Munich. Together with colleagues, I have established the first course in Medical Genomics at a German university where Medical Students can genotype and analyze their own genome. Please also see my introductory videos on genome-wide association studies and polygenic risk scores.