Assistant Professor, Molecular Physiology and Biophysics
Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering
Assistant Professor, Pharmacology
I am trained interdisciplinary with an M.Eng. in Technical Physics from Technical University Ilmenau in Ilmenau, Germany with studies at Montana State University in Bozeman, MT and at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in Richland, WA focusing primarily on surface science and solid-state physics. Following graduation, I switched research fields into biophysics obtaining a Ph.D. in Physics in the lab of Dr. Hermann Gaub at Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich, Germany. After finishing my Ph.D. I switched field again focusing on basic mechanisms of signal transduction and gene regulation as a DFG Postdoctoral Fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Alexander van Oudenaarden in the departments of physics and biology at MIT. I started my independent lab at Vanderbilt University supported by an NIH Directors New Innovator Award.