since March 2018
Junior (W1) professor and leader of the group
“Dual RNA-seq” at the Institute of Molecular Infection Biology (IMIB)
Julius Maximilians University, Würzburg, Germany
Young Principal Investigator and leader of the group
“Host-pathogen-microbiota interactions” at the Helmholtz Institute for RNA-based Infection Research (HIRI)
Würzburg, Germany

2018
EMBO Short-Term Fellow in the group of Prof. David Holden, Imperial College London, UK
Topic: Molecular Aspects of Salmonella Pathogenesis

2017/18
Visiting researcher in the group of Prof. Andreas Bäumler, UC Davis, CA, USA
Topic: Interplay of the Host and its Gut Microbiota with Enteric Pathogens

2015 – 2017
Post-Doc in the group of Prof. Jörg Vogel (RNA Biology)
Institute of Molecular Infection Biology (IMIB)
Julius-Maximilians University, Würzburg, Germany
Topic: “The Role of Noncoding RNAs and RNA-binding Proteins in Bacterial Infections”

2010 – 2015
PhD student in the group of Prof. Jörg Vogel (RNA Biology)
Institute of Molecular Infection Biology (IMIB)
Julius-Maximilians University, Würzburg, Germany
Title of thesis: “Dual RNA-seq of Pathogen and Host”

2009
Visiting scholar in the group of Prof. Ming C. Hammond
Department of Molecular and Cell Biology / Department of Chemistry, UC Berkeley, CA, USA
Topic: “Transgene regulation in plants by alternative splicing of a suicide exon”

2008 – 2010
Master’s program in Molecular Biosciences
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Molecular and Cellular Biology"
Ruprecht-Karls University, Heidelberg, Germany
Title of thesis: “Regulation of 3’ End Processing and its Impact on Differentiation in a Neuroblastoma Model”

2005 – 2008
Bachelor’s program in Biology
Ruprecht-Karls University, Heidelberg, Germany
Title of thesis: “The Expression of Plant Polypyrimidine Tract Binding Protein
Homologues Involves Alternative pre-mRNA Splicing and Is Subject to Feedback Regulation”

PRIZES AND AWARDS
2018       EMBO Short-Term Fellowship Award
2016       Robert-Koch-Foundation, Post-Doc Award in Microbiology (‘Robert-Koch-Postdoktorandenpreis’)
2016       Dissertation Prize of the German Center for Infection Research (DZIF)
               of the German Society for Hygiene and Microbiology (DGHM) (‘DZIF Promotionspreis’)
2012/15  PhD stipend of the Elite Network of Bavaria (Bayerische Eliteförderung, Universität Bayern e.V.)