I received my PhD in the area of organometallic chemistry and homogeneous catalysis at the Leibniz Institute for Catalysis in Rostock. After gaining experience in developing microsystems for medical technology at the Institute for Microtechnology in Mainz (IMM). I became head of the group "Evolutionary Microsystems" at the Fraunhofer research group BioMIP from 2000-2004. I was in charge of the microsystem activities at BioMIP and served as an invited guest lecturer in nanobiotechnology course at Coordinamento Interuniversitario Veneto per le Nanotecnologie (Civen) since 2004.
I was a co-founder of the spin-off company protostream GmbH and I´m a member of the German Society of Chemists (GdCh), the German Association of University Professors and Lecturers (Deutscher Hochschulverband, in short DHV) and the International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE).
My research focus is on the design and fabrication of hybrid microfluidic systems for biomolecular processing and reconfigurable multi-layer-microreactors with a focus on biochemical applications and furthermore on the microsystem development for the European Integrated Projects PACE, ECCell, MATCHIT, CADMAD and MICREAgents.
I am currently coordinating research and innovation funding programmes in the areas of biotechnology, life sciences and technology transfer at Project Management Agency Jülich.