About the PI

A full CV is available for download here.



since November 2015

Emmy-Noether Group Leader, Georg-August University, Göttingen, Germany

funded by DFG


May 2012 - October 2015

Independent Group Leader, Georg-August University, Göttingen, Germany

funded by Volkswagen Foundation


April 2012

Independent Post-doctoral Research Associate, Georg-August University, Göttingen, Germany


August 2011 – March 2012

Post-doctoral Research Associate, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, UK


February 2012

Research stay at Harvard University, USA


January 2010 – July 2011

Post-doctoral Research Associate, Vetmeduni Vienna, Austria


September 2009 – December 2009

Post-doctoral Research Associate, Georg-August University, Göttingen, Germany




Dr. rer. nat.

July 2006 – September 2009

Georg-August University, Göttingen, Germany

Grade: summa cum laude



October 2001 – June 2006

Georg-August-University Göttingen, Germany

Final Grade: sehr gut




Society for Evolutionary Developmental Biology (EED)

German Zoological Society (Deutsche Zoologische Gesellschaft) (Speaker of Developmental Biology Section)


Göttingen Graduate School for Neurosciences and Molecular Biosciences (GGNB)

JEDI - Junior European Drosophila Investigators

DrosEU consortium (Work group leader: Trancriptomics and Protein Evolution, with Erich Bornberg)

- Scientific Cluster Representative (“Science & Technology”) of the U4 network

Program Committee of International Max Planck Research School for Genome Science (IMPRS-GS)

- Member of the Center for Integrated Breeding Research (CiBreed)


Reviewer for

(Publons Profile)


Development, PloS One, Gene, International Journal of Developmental Neuroscience, Frontiers in Zoology, Journal of Evolutionary Biology, PeerJ, Data in Brief, Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, Scientific Reports, Insect Molecular Biology, Development Genes and Evolution, Evolution & Development, Acta Zoologica, Molecular Biology and Evolution, Genome Biology and Evolution, Bioinformatics


Editor for


- Associate Editor for Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution (section: Evolutionary Developmental Biology)

- Guest Editor of Special Issue and Topical Collection "Size and Shape" (Development, Genes and Evolution)

- Editor for Development, Genes and Evolution (DGE)

- Editor for Research Topic "Evolution of Postembryonic Development" in Frontiers in Ecology and

  Evolution/Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology