Research Interests

I am working at the interface of protein design, synthetic biology and structural biology. My main focus is the engineering of and with modular protein-protein interactions. I am combining classic protein biochemistry and molecular biology methods with laboratory automation as well as computational approaches. More recently, I started exploring new methods for the rapid prototyping of protein circuits in cell free systems and microfluidic droplets.

Selected Publications

Education Profile

​Dr. rer. nat., University of Heidelberg, Germany, 2005

Diplom Biochemiker, University of Leipzig, Germany, 1999

Professional Profile

​2017-Present: Research Scientist, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia

2015-2017: Scientific Consultant, Montreal, Canada / KAUST, Saudi Arabia

2011-2014: Research Associate, IRIC, University of Montreal, Canada

2006-2011: Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Genomic Regulation (CRG) Barcelona, Spain

2000-2005: Ph.D. Student, Institute Pasteur, Paris, France and EMBL Heidelberg, Germany

Scientific and Professional Memberships

​Synthetic Biology Open Language (SBOL)


​SynbioLEAP Fellow

Human Frontiers Science Program (HFSP) Postdoctoral Fellow

Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow

Boehringer Ingelheim Foundation Ph.D. Fellow