Born in Heidelberg, Germany. Ph.D. at DAMTP, University of Cambridge (supervisor Gary Gibbons). Habilitation and venia legendi at Freiburg University. Further research positions at Zurich University, Switzerland (group Norbert Straumann) and Albert Einstein Institute in Golm near Potsdam (group Hermann Nicolai and Gerhard Huisken). Since 2009 professor for theoretical physics at Leibniz University Hannover.