education and affiliations


2015-                         Group leader "Thiology"

2011-                         Department of Neurology, Heinrich-Heine Universität Düsseldorf, Germany (Hans-Peter

                                  Hartung/Orhan Aktas)

2007-2010                 Institute for Clinical Cytobiology and Cytopathology, Philipps-Universität Marburg,

                                  Germany (Roland Lill/Christopher Horst Lillig)

2004-2011                 Division for Biochemistry, Department for Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics, Karolinska

                                  Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden (Arne Holmgren)


2018-04-12               Habiltation, PD, venia legendi in Biochemistry

                                  "Vertebrate Glutaredoxins"

                                  Department of Neurology, Heinrich-Heine Universität Düsseldorf

2004-06-18               PhD / Doctor rerum naturalium

                                  “[FeS]-cluster in assimilatory sulfate reduction”

                                  supervisor: Jens-Dirk Schwenn, Department of Biochemistry of Plants, Ruhr-Universität

                                  Bochum, Germany
2000-09-29                diploma in biology

                                  “Regulation of plastidic gene expression: Role of alternative sigmafactors”

                                  supervisor: Gerhard Link, Plant cell physiology and molecular biology, Ruhr-Universität

                                  Bochum, Germany


scholarships and awards


2017-2020                 research grant, DFG priority program 1710/2 " Dynamics of thiol-based redox switches in

                                  cellular physiology", Bonn, Germany

2016-2019                 research grant, DFG priority program 1927 " Iron-Sulfur for Life", Bonn, Germany

2016-2018                 research grant, Forschungskommision, Medical Faculty, Heinrich-Heine Universität,   

                                  Düsseldorf, Germany

2014-2017                 research grant, DFG priority program 1710 “Dynamics of thiol-based redox switches in                                   cellular physiology”, Bonn, Germany

2013-2015                 research grant, Biogen Idec.

2012-2014                 research grant, Forschungskommission, Medical Faculty, Heinrich-Heine Universität,

                                  Düsseldorf, Germany

2012-2014                 research grant, Gemeinnützige Hertie Stiftung, Frankfurt, Germany

2012, 2011, 2010,   

2009, 2008, 2007      junior research grants, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden

2010                          EU grant for a short term scientific mission within the COST program

2004-2010                 postdoctoral fellowships from Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden

2009                          junior research grant, stem cell network North-Rhine Westfalia (Kompetenznetzwerk

                                  Stammzellforschung), Düsseldorf, Germany

2007                          research grant, Stiftung P.E. Kempkes, Marburg, Germany

2006                          Karolinska Institutet Travel funds and Axel Hirsch´s travel funds, Stockholm, Sweden

2006                          young investigator award, Society for Free Radical Research – International

2005-2007                 postdoctoral fellowships (Forschungsstipendium) from the Deutsche

                                  Forschungsgemeinschaft, Bonn, Germany


work as scientific reviewer and editor


2017-                         editorial board Arch. Biochem. Biohys.

2014/2015                 Guest-editor of a special issue of Biochim. Biophys. Acta entiteld “Redox regulation in

                                  differentiation and de-differentiation” (August 2015)

2012/2013                 Guest-editor of a special issue of Biochim. Biophys. Acta entiteld “Cellular functions of

                                  glutathione” (May 2013)

2007/2008                 Guest-editor of a special issue of Biochim. Biophys. Acta entiteld “Redox control of cell

                                  function” (November 2008)

reviewer                    Angewandte Chemie, Antioxid. Redox Signal., ANR (Agence Nationale de la Recherche),

                                  Arch. Biochem Biophys., Biochim. Biophys. Acta, Biol. Chem., BMC Neurosi., Br. J.

                                  Pharmacol., Chem. Biol., Differentiation, Diabetes UK, DFG (german research

                                  foundation), Environ. Microbiol., FEBS J., Free Rad. Biol. Med., Front. Cell. Develop. Biol., 

                                  Int. J. Biochem. Cell Biol., Int. J. Develop. Neurosci., J. Alzheimers Dis., J. Interf. Cytok.

                                  Res., National Science Center Poland,  Neurochem. J., Neurosci. Letters, PLOS Biol.,

                                  PLOS One, Prot. Sci., Tuberculosis, Oxid. Med. Cell. Longev.