I am working on the impact of hydrothermal nanoparticles on ocean biogeochemistry, a joint project between UU and NIOZ (I-NANO).
Since October 2021: Postdoctoral researcher, Department of Ocean Systems, Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ), ‘t Horntje, Texel& Department of Earth Sciences, Utrecht University, The Netherlands | Catalytic properties of nanoparticles found in- and outside hydrothermal vent systems
January 2020 – September 2021: Postdoctoral researcher, Institute for Molecular Evolution, Heinrich Heine University, Düsseldorf, Germany | The role of hydrogen, mineral catalysts and water activity in a prebiotic, hydrothermal context
October 2016 – January 2020: PhD student at Heinrich Heine University, Düsseldorf, Germany, including extensive research stays at the University of Strasbourg, France, the University of Durham, UK, and the Max Planck Institute for Coal Research in Mülheim/Ruhr, Germany | Thesis: The abiotic pattern of biotic CO2 fixation
October 2006 – December 2009: MSc student at Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich, Germany; Physical and inorganic chemistry, biochemistry | Thesis: Monitoring protein conformation and DNA protein interactions via single molecule fluorescence resonance energy transfer
October 2004 – September 2007: BSc student at Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich, Germany; Chemistry and biochemistry | Thesis: Site-directed mutagenesis of circulary-permutated red fluorescent proteins
April 2018 – September 2020: Science Podcast ‘Undoder zum Quadrat’ (German), Audible Deutschland | Researching and presenting complex scientific topics together with science journalist Franziska Konitzer
December 2009 – September 2016: Freelance science journalist for various German media (Deutschlandfunk, Spektrum der Wissenschaft, Westdeutscher Rundfunk, Quarks & Co., Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Die Welt)