Research Fellow

Research School of Biology
phone: +61419032974

Areas of expertise

Molecular Biology
Plant Biology
Big Data
[and the associated high-throughput and computer skills]


A current CV is available for download (.pdf) and you may find out more about me on .

Born in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, I have so far lived in MittenwaldBad ReichenhallTübingenSan DiegoBerlinRome, and now live in Canberra, Australia. I graduated in Biology (majoring in Plant Physiology, Genetics and Biochemistry) from the Eberhard Karls Universität in Tübingen, wrote an honours thesis at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, California and then worked as research scientist in Detlef Weigel’s laboratory at the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology in Tübingen, where I eventually obtained my PhD in 2012.

In 2010 and 2011, I worked part time as a Fellow in Freshwater Sciences at the Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB) in Berlin with Christian Wurzbacher, Michael Monaghan, and Hans-Peter Grossart towards an inventory of fungi in fresh water.

In November 2012, I joined the group of Justin Borevitz at The Australian National University.


[Summary by Google Scholar]

Current Projects

We do 2nd-generation-sequencing-enabled genetics for conservation and (pre-)breeding. My main interest is to develop and apply new genomics tools to as of yet neglected and underutilized crop species. I feel, by finishing domestication in those species there are large gains and a real contributions to food security to be made.

Community Service

I am a consultant for the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture of the Food and Agricultural Organization of the UN, FAO. I contribute, mainly expertise in genomics, to a process that aims at designing and implementing a global information system on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, as mandated in Article 17 of the ITPGRFA. When in place, this information system will hopefully transform plant breeding from local projects into a globally interoperable effort.

I served as session chair at the 24th International Conference on Arabidopsis Research (ICAR 2013) for ‘Natural Variation, Evolution and Phenomics’ and peer-reviewed for Bioinformatics, BMC Bioinformatics, elife, Journal of Biotechnology, Molecular Biology Reports, Nucleic Acids Research, Plant Biology, and PLoS.

Past Time

Besides learning new things every day, my interests include life, science, hiking, travel, skiing, and flying. I am planning to explore much of Australia by all means of transport available to me. I try to keep sane day-to-day by running, inline skating, biking, and kayaking. So: if not in the lab, you will find me at, on, or around the lake or on one of the mountains in the Australian Capital Territory.