I grew up in Mainz, Germany, where I went to high-school and started my undergraduate degree in Biology. In 1999, I went on an international exchange year to Umea University, Sweden. I enjoyed the University culture, people and climate so much that I decided to stay. I finished my undergraduate degree and did my PhD there in Plant Molecular Biology, studying short-term light adaptation in photosynthesis. After a two year postdoc at the University of British Columbia, Canada, I moved to Canberra, Australia where I started to investigate how genetic differences affect variation in plant secondary metabolites. In 2018, I moved to my current position as Associate Professor in Forest Genetics at Michigan Technological University. My research focus is on environmental adaptation in deciduous trees.
Genetic basis of phenotypic trait variation
Major and minor affect alleles on biologically important traits.
1996 - 1999
Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz
Plant adaptation to local environment
What makes a plant adapted and able to survive where it grows?
Plant Secondary Metabolism
Chemical warfare by plants to defend themselves against pathogens, pests and large herbivores.
Functional Genomics of plant defenses
How does the genome interact with the environment?
1999 - 2000
BS in Biology
2000 - 2005
PhD in Plant Molecular Biology