Curriculum Vitae

Professional Experience

since 02/2023 - Junior research group leader, University of Duisburg-Essen, Faculty of Chemistry, EMB, Topic: "Microbial processes in natural oil films".

09/2021 – 01/2023 - Postdoctoral researcher, in cooperation and funded by Aker BP at the University of Duisburg-Essen, Faculty of Chemistry, EMB, Aquatic Microbiology Group; Topic: “Microbial investigation of two oil reservoirs in the North Sea - oil depletion potential and origin of geological features”.

11/2017 – 06/2022 - PhD candidate (summa cum laude), University of Duisburg-Essen, Faculty of Chemistry, EMB, Aquatic Microbiology Group; Topic: "Unraveling mechanisms of microbial community assembly using naturally replicated microbiomes", supervisors Prof. Dr. Rainer U. Meckenstock & Dr. Verena Brauer

11/2015 – 10/2017 - Laboratory Technician in R&D, Symrise AG in Holzminden, Scent & Care/ Global Innovations/ Cosmetic Ingredients/ Molecular Biology Division.


09/2013 – 02/2016 - Master of Science in Technical Biochemistry with focus on Ecotoxicology, University of Applied Sciences Lübeck; Master thesis at Symrise AG (Department of Molecular Biology); Title: "Investigation of the induction of antimicrobial peptides in human keratinocytes after stimulation with natural active ingredients".

10/2014 – 04/2015 - Research intern, at Unilever R&D Vlaardingen, Netherlands, Department Taste and Flavour.

10/2010 – 09/2013 - Bachelor of Science in Molecular Life Science, University of Lübeck, Bachelor thesis at the Institute for Neuro- and Bioinformatics; Title: „A psychophysical studie for evaluating a model of human olfaction“.

09/2007 – 07/2010 - Certified medical technical laboratory assistant (MTA-L), School for health professions of Hospital Dortmund.

Areas of Interest

Environmental Microbiology | Microbial Life in Oil | Microbial Dynamics at Water/Oil Interface, Hydrocarbon-Producing Algae, Algae-Bacteria Interactions in Context of Hydrocarbon Degradation | Microbial Community Assembly and Structure | Biodiversity


Association for General and Applied Microbiology (Vereinigung für Allgemeine und Angewandte Mikrobiologie, VAAM)

International Society for Environmental Biogeochemistry (ISEB)

Centre for Water and Environmental Research of the University of Duisburg-Essen (Zentrum für Wasser- und Umweltforschung, ZWU)