|since October 2013||spokeswoman of the Platform Environmental System Analysis in the Excellence Initiative of Tübingen University|
|since September 2013||full professor for Effect-based Environmental Analysis at the Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, Chemistry Department, Institute for Physical and Theoretical Chemistry|
|January 2010 – August 2013||Leader of a Helmholtz-University Young Investigator‘s Group at the Forschungszentrum Jülich and Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster|
|June 2008 – November 2009||PostDoc at the Biomolecular Mass Spectrometry Unit (Prof. A. M. Deelder) at Leiden University Medical Center, Leiden, The Netherlands|
|July 2007 – May 2008||PostDoc with Prof. C. Neusüß at Aalen University|
|April 2003 – July 2007||PhD thesis at the Philipps-Universität Marburg with Prof. U. Pyell|
|October 1997 – March 2003||Study of chemistry at the Philipps-Universität Marburg and at Massey University Palmerston North (NZ)|
The group focuses on all levels of analytical chemistry, starting with development and optimization of new equipment and instrumental aspects, featuring the investigation of possibilities and limitations of analytical methods, their basic understanding and their validation. All methods are applied to real samples working together with cooperation partners from academia, hospitals and public authorities. For instrumental developments, both partners from industry and Universities of Applied Sciences are involved. The broad applicability of our developments and methods are demonstrated by various interdisciplinary applications in environmental sciences, biology and ecotoxicology, pharmacy and forensic sciences.
Our core areas are separation techniques, mainly electromigrative techniques. All capillary-based separation modes are employed such as capillary electrophoresis, isotachophoresis, micellar electrokinetic chromatography, isolelectric focusing and size sieving electrophoresis. Here, we also develop multidimensional electrophoretic techniques but also liquid chromatography. For detection we mostly use the coupling with mass spectrometry but also native laser-induced fluorescence and conductivity detection, which are further developed. The methods are applied for peptide analysis, forensic drug profiling and the analysis of trace compounds in environmental samples (water, soil and biota) including the identification of metabolites. In order to meet the enormous complexity of analytical tasks, our work also includes multidimensional separations, sample preparation strategies and preconcentration techqniues.