1986 Ph.D. in Physics at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München; Mentor: Herbert Wagner;
1987-1989 Postdoctoral research assistant at University of Washington, Seattle, USA;
1989-1994 Research Assistant at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München;
1994-1999 Staff scientist at Max-Planck-Institute for Colloid and Interface Science, Berlin-Teltow;
since 1999 Director of the Institute IBI-5/IAS-2, “Theoretical Physics of Living Matter”,
Institute of Biological Information Processing and Institute for Advanced Simulation, Forschungszentrum Jülich;
since 2000 Full Professor for Theoretical Physics, University of Cologne;
since 2006 Speaker of International Helmholtz Research School of Biophysics and Soft Matter
“IHRS BioSoft”.