Ärztlicher / Beruflicher Werdegang

seit April 2022

Head of the Experimental Orthopaedics Research Group


seit 2016

Group leader of the stem cell biology group


seit 2013

Junior group leader of the stem cell biology group in Prof. Dr. W. Richter's group at the Research Centre for Experimental Orthopaedics at Heidelberg University Hospital

2008 – 2010

Postdoc in Prof. Dr. W. Richter’s group at the Orthopaedic University Hospital Heidelberg, Research Centre for Experimental Orthopaedics: Regulation of human mesenchymal stromal cell chondrogenesis and cartilage tissue engineering.

Wissenschaftlicher Werdegang

2005 – 2008

PhD studies on "Dynamic culture methods for bone tissue engineering" at the Institut für Technische Chemie, Leibniz University of Hannover, Germany, and at the Ludwig-Boltzmann-Institute for Experimental and Clinical Traumatology, Vienna
(summa cum laude)

1999 – 2004

Studies of Biochemistry (Diploma) at the Leibniz University and Medical School of Hannover, Germany


seit 2008

Scientific award (Wissenschaftspreis Hannover)



2010 – 2012

DFG Research fellowship (DI 1684/1-1) and postdoctorial studies in Prof. Dr. R. Tuan’s group at the Center for Cellular and Molecular Engineering, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, US:
Investigation of the mesodermal developmental capacity of induced pluripotent stem cells generated from human mesenchymal stem cells with the aim to establish a high abundance mesenchymal cell source for musculoskeletal tissue engineering.

Scientific focus

Regulation of chondrogenic and osteogenic differentiation of human induced pluripotent stem cells and mesenchymal stromal cells.

Induced pluripotent stem cell biology, mesenchymal stromal cell biology, cell differentiation, cell signaling, bone- and cartilage biology during embryo development and regeneration