Research Interests

I am working at the interface of protein design, synthetic biology, and structural biology. My main focus is the engineering of and with modular protein-protein interactions. I am combining classic protein biochemistry and molecular biology methods with laboratory automation as well as computational approaches. More recently, I started exploring new methods for the rapid prototyping of protein circuits in cell-free systems and microfluidic droplets.

Professional Profile

  • ​2017-Present: Research Scientist, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • 2015-2017: Scientific Consultant, Montreal, Canada / KAUST, Saudi Arabia
  • 2011-2014: Research Associate, IRIC, University of Montreal, Canada
  • 2006-2011: Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Genomic Regulation (CRG) Barcelona, Spain
  • 2000-2005: Ph.D. Student, Institute Pasteur, Paris, France and EMBL Heidelberg, Germany

Scientific and Professional Membership

  • ​Synthetic Biology Open Language (SBOL)

Education Profile

  • ​Dr. rer. nat., University of Heidelberg, Germany, 2005
  • Diplom Biochemiker, University of Leipzig, Germany, 1999

Awards and Distinctions

  • ​SynbioLEAP Fellow
  • Human Frontiers Science Program (HFSP) Postdoctoral Fellow
  • Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow
  • Boehringer Ingelheim Foundation Ph.D. Fellow