from October 2009 Sars International Centre for Marine Molecular Biology Groupleader "Comparative Developmental Biology of Animals"

2004 – 2009 University of Hawaii, PBRC, Kewalo Marine LaboratoryPostdoc in the group of Prof. Dr. Mark Q. Martindale

2002 – 2004 Technische Universität Braunschweig, Institut für GenetikPostdoc in the group of Prof. Dr. Ralf Schnabel

1998 – 2002 Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Vergleichende ZoologieResearch associate in the group of Prof. Dr. Gerhard Scholtz

1997 – 1998 Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Vergleichende ZoologieInstructor for the lecture and lab "Morphology, phylogeny and systematics of animals"


2002 PhD in zoology (magna cum laude) Titel: "The postnaupliar germ band of Porcellio scaber and Orchestia cavimana (Crustacea, Peracarida): Cell lineage, genexpression and morphogenesis”, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin

1996 Diploma thesis in biology Titel: "Cytokinesis and polar lobe formation – the diverse functions of the cytoskeleton during the first cleavage of Ilyanassa obsoleta (Gastropoda, Neogastropoda)", in the group of Prof. Dr. Pfannenstiel, Freie Universität Berlin

1994 – 1995 ERASMUS-Stipend of the European Union Study of biology at the Universitat de València, Spain

1991 – 1995 Study of biology, Freie Universität Berlin diploma


1997 – 2002 Humboldt Universität zu Berlin Undergraduate lecture and lab "Morphology, phylogeny and systematics of animals", graduate seminars "Phylogentic systematics and evolution" in the department for biology and theoretical-philosophical seminars in the department of Gender Studies about biology and social science

1999 Teaching in the arthropod section of the European Union TMR course “Evolutionary Developmental Biology”, Roscoff, France

1998 – 2002 Bildungswerk der Heinrich Böll StiftungAdult education in whole day seminars and lectures about subjects as “Theory and philosophy of science”, “Post-structuralist philosophy”, “Racism and antisemitism” and “Gender politics and theory”.

2007, 2008 (scheduled for 2009) Teaching at the Summer Course for Marine Genomics in Kristineberg ("evo-devo" and EST phylogenies)

Prizes and personal grants

  • Katharina-Heinroth-Prize 1998 of the Gesellschaft Naturforschender Freunde for an excellent diploma thesis
  • TWIMCO travel grant 2004 for the meiofauna meeting in Ravenna, Italy
  • COBICE grant 2003 from the European Union for collecting tardigrades in Copenhagen, together with Prof. Dr. Reinhardt M. Kristensen
  • DFG postdoctoral fellowship