Curriculum Vitae


2004 – 2012   Senior Principal Investigator( tenured, Section on Neurogenetics; National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, USA

1997 – 2004   Principal Investigator, Section on Neurogenetics; Section on Murine Genetics; National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, USA

Postoctoral Training

1994 – 1997   Postdoctoral Fellow, The Jackson Laboratory, Bar Harbor, ME, USA

1994               Postdoctoral Fellow, Max-Planck-Institute of Immunobiology, Freiburg, Germany



2013 - 2016    Juris Doctor, J.D. Mitchell Hamline School of Law, Saint Paul, MN. USA. graduated magna cum laude;

1990 - 1994 Doctorate in Molecular Biology, University of Freiburg, Germany

Laboratory of Karl-Heinz Klempnauer, Max-Planck-Institute of Immunobiology, Freiburg, Germany. graduated magna cum laude;

1984 - 1990    Diplom in Biology, University of Heidelberg, Germany

                      Laboratory of Thomas L. Roszman, University of Kentucky, KY, USA

1981 - 1984    Diplom in Nursing, Heinrich-Lanz-Hospital, Mannheim, Germany

1981 - 1982    Civil Service, Heinrich-Lanz-Hospital, Mannheim, Germany

1978 - 1980    Novitiate of Society of Jesu (SJ), Nürnberg, Germany

1978               Abitur, Eduard-Spranger-Gymnasium, Landau, Germany


2005               Nomination for the NIH Distinguished Mentor Award

2002               Special Act or Service Award, National Institute of Health, USA

1995               Research Stipend from the German Research Foundation

1992               Travel award from Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds

1988               Heidelberg Scholarship to conduct research at the University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY USA

Professional Activities

2004               Member of the Genetics Society of America (GSA)

2002               Member of the Mammalian Genome Society (MGS)

2002               Member of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology (ARO)

1999-2003      Member of Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee NINDS/NIDCD

1994 - 2011    ad hoc reviewer of

                      Science, Nature Medicine, Nature Genetics,  Nature Communications, PlosOne,

                      Journal of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology, Genomics, Hearing Research,

                      PNAS USA, Trends in Biochemical Sciences, Journal of Medical Genetics,

                      Trends in Molecular Medicine, Journal of Neuroscience, American Journal of  Human Genetics,

Human Molecular Genetics, Plos Genetics,

2000 – 2011   ad hoc reviewer of NIH Study Sections


2000               United States Patent 6114502

                      Gene family associated with neurosensory defects

1998               United States Patent 5776762

                      Obesity associated genes

1998               United States Patent 5770432

                      Obesity associated genes

Research Interest

Molecular genetics of hearing, modifiers, polygenic inheritance;