Research Interests

​Being a biophysicist by training, I investigate fundamental processes of life at molecular level. I employ methods like x-ray diffraction or single-particle cryo electron microscopy to obtain structures of biological macromolecules. Moreover, I investigate interactions of these molecules by biophysical and biochemical methods to understand the underlying molecular mechanisms for basic cellular processes such as signal-transduction, protein trafficking and enzyme regulation etc. Besides, I produce engineered molecules with predicted properties to further corroborate my findings. The research has impact in basic sciences as well as drug research and development.

Education Profile

  • ​Doctorate in Biophysics, Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany, 2013
  • Diplom (MS) in Biophysics, Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany, 2008

Professional Profile

  • ​Since Jul 2017: Postdoctoral Fellow, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • 2008 – 2017: Academic Staff in Research and Teaching, Charité – University of Medicine, Berlin, Germany
  • 2007 – 2008: Administrative Assistant, Center of Infection and Immunity, Berlin, Germany


  • Fellowship by Collaborative Research Center CRC 958 “scaffolding of membrane – from molecular mechanisms to cellular functions”, Berlin (01/2016)
  • Fellowship (persona ligatum) by CRC 1078 “protonation dynamics to protein functions” to continue research on phytochromes”, Berlin (04/2015)
  • Fellowship by CRC 1078 ““protonation dynamics to protein functions”, Berlin (08/2013)
  • Fellowship within ERC Advanced Grant TUDOR to Prof. Klaus-Peter Hofmann, Berlin (01/2011)
  • Fellowship by CRC 449 “structure and function of membrane receptors”, Berlin (06/2008)
  • Stipend by Graduate College GRAKO-1121 at the Center for Infection Biology and Immunity, Berlin (05/2008)
  • Scholarship by Goethe Institutes Karachi/Bremen (06/2001)
  • Stipend and Medal, Education Office, Pakistan (08/1995)