Professional Experience

2015 – current
Junior Group Leader/ Senior Postdoctoral Fellow
- Division of labour and the origin of multicellularity (Marie Skłodowska-Curie & DAAD)

2009 – 2014
Senior Postdoctoral Fellow
New Zealand Institute for Advanced Study, Massey University, Auckland, NZ
Postdoctoral advisor: Prof PB Rainey
- The evolution of multicellularity

2007 – 2009
Postdoctoral Fellow
Department of Animal and Plant Sciences, The University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK
Postdoctoral advisor: Prof JO Rolff
- Understanding host parasite interactions - a proteomics approach (Wellcome Trust)
- Is fast growth traded off against immunity in insects? (DAAD)

2006 – 2007
Postdoctoral Fellow
Max Planck Institute (MPI) for Evolutionary Biology, Plön, Germany
Postdoctoral advisor: Prof M Milinski
- Strategies of parasites with complex life cycles

Educational Qualifications

2002 – 2006
PhD, Natural Sciences (Biology)
MPI for Evolutionary Biology, Plön & CAU, Kiel, Germany
Supervisors: Prof M Milinski, Prof J Kurtz
- Host parasite interactions in a cestode with a complex life cycle, Schistocephalus solidus

1996 – 2002
Diplom, Biological Sciences
Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom (MBA), Plymouth, UK & Westfälische-Wilhelms-Universität (WWU), Münster, Germany
Supervisors: Prof NK Michiels, Dr JDD Bishop
- Reproductive strategies in the colonial simultaneously hermaphroditic protochordate Diplosoma listerianum (Heinrich Hertz-Foundation)