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Curriculum vitae

Date of birth December 11, 1954, Münster, Germany
1975 – 1980 Studies in Chemistry in University of Münster and LMU Munich
1980 – 1984 PhD with D. Oesterhelt at Max-Planck Institut for Biochemistry, Martinsried, “Purification and Characterisation of the functional Cl– Pumps: Halorhodopsin",  “Summa cum laude”
1985 – 1986 Post-Doc with K.W.Foster, Physics Department Syracuse University, NY, USA
1986 – 1992 Work group „Photoreceptors of Microalgae“ at MPI for Biochemistry, Martinsried
1992 Habilitation, Ludwig-Maximilian-University München
1993 – 2004 Professor for Biochemistry, Universität Regensburg
2000 - 2003 Speaker, Interdisciplinary Graduate School: "Sensory photoreceptors in natural and artificial systems“: GK 640
2004 -2010 Speaker, DFG Research Group FOR526 "Sensory Blue Light Receptors”
2005 – present Professor, Experimental Biophysics, Humboldt University, Berlin
2009 – 2012 Member, DFG-Senate Commission for SFB (Special Research Areas) Grants
2010 - present Speaker, DFG-Research Group FOR1279 “Protein-based Photoswitches”
2012 - present Visiting scientist at Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Janelia Farm, Ashburn,VA, USA
2015 - present  Hertie Professor for Neurosciences


Main areas of research:
Photobiology of green algae, unusual rhodopsins, flavin-based photoreceptors, and nuclear gene targeting in algae, optogenetics.