since 10/2011 Professor of Physics and Medical Engineering, University of Tübingen
2007-2011 Professor of Applied Physics, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg
12/2005 Habilitation in Physics at the University of Münster, Germany
2002-2007 Hochschuldozent at the Institute of Physics and Center for Nanotechnology, University of Münster, Germany
1999-2002 Group leader at the Max-Planck-Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Department of Molecular Biology, Göttingen, Germany
1998-1999 Postdoctoral studies with Profs. Paul Hansma, Galen Stucky, and Daniel Morse in the Departments of Physics, Chemistry and Marine Biotechnology, UCSB, U.S.A.
1996-1998 Ph.D. with Prof. Paul Hansma at UCSB, U.S.A.
1994-1996 M.A. with Prof. Paul Hansma at UCSB, U.S.A.
1993-1994 Study of Physics at the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB), U.S.A.
1992-1993 Study of Physics at the University of Miami, U.S.A.
1989-1992 Study of Physics at the University of Heidelberg, Germany
Biological and medical physics
NanoBioPhysics and surface physics
Scanning probe microscopy
Mechanics and dynamics of nanostructures and biosystems
Cell mechanics, soft matter, nano- and biomaterials