After studying Biology at the University of Rostock and Imperial College London, I completed a PhD in the Experimental Ecology group of Prof. Paul Schmid-Hempel at ETH Zurich on the bumble bee microbiome. I expanded this line of research during a Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Moran Lab at UT Austin and Yale University. Currently I am an Early Career Research Fellow in pollinator health at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, in the group of Prof. Phil Stevenson. This work is in close collaboration with Prof. Mark Brown at Royal Holloway University of London.

Bombus pensylvanicus



Ecology and Evolution of the Bee Microbiome

2008 - 2012

ETH Zurich, Switzerland

PhD Environmental Sciences

Modulation of Bee Diseases by Gut Bacteria

Role of Pollen & Nectar Chemistry in Bee Health

Pollinator Natural History and Conservation

2006 - 2007

Imperial College London, UK

MSc Avanced Methods in Taxonomy and Biodiversity

2003 - 2006

University of Rostock, Germany

Undergraduate Biology studies

2015 - present

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK

Early Career Research Fellow

2013 - 2015

University of Texas at Austin, USA

Postdoctoral Fellow, Dep. of Integrative Biology

2012 - 2013

Yale University, USA

Postdoctoral Fellow, Dep. of Ecology & Evol. Biol.