University and professional career

Postdoctoral fellow (since 01/09)

University Medical Center Ulm, Germany

Department of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine

Division of Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes

Main focus:

  1. Transcription factors in human brown adipocyte differentiation (DFG funding)
  2. Human brown adipose tissue development (Boehringer Ingelheim University Biocenter (BIU))
  3. National Genome Research Network (NGFN Plus): "Molecular Mechansim in Obesity", Subproject: "Functional characterization of obesity-related genes in human preadipocytes and adipocytes"


Postgraduate studies (03/04-06/08)

German Diabetes Center, Düsseldorf

Inst. of Clinical Biochemistry and Pathochemistry

Main focus: Insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, obesity

Doctoral thesis: "Impact of glp-1 receptor agonists on beta-cell apoptosis" [German]


Studies (10/98-01/04)

Christian-Albrechts-University. Kiel, Germany

Study focus: Microbiology, molecular biology, biochemistry

Membership in scientific societies

German Obesity Association (DAG)

Scientific Awards

2014: Travel grant from the DGKED (German Association for Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetology)

2013: Travel grant from the European Association for the Study of Obesity (EASO) to visit the European Congress of Obesity (ECO) in Liverpool, UK

2013: Outstanding Abstarct Award ENDO 2013: "Fat mass and obesity associated gene (FTO) deficiency induces expression of UCP-1 and mitochondrial uncoupling", 95th meeting of the Endocrine Society, San Francisco, USA


2015-2017: DFG research Grant (German Research Association, TE912/2-1): The role of transciption factors in human brown adipose tissue development

2012-2014: research Grant BIU (Boehringer Ingelheim University Medical Center Ulm): Regulation of proliferation, differentiation and function of human brown adipocytes [german]

2013: Seed Money Kompetenznetz Adipositas: Identification of molecular markers of brown adipocyte progenitor cells [german]