Christian studied biology at the Freie University Berlin with a strong focus on neuroscience and cell biology. During his diploma studies in the lab of PD Dr. Sylvia Krobitsch at the MPI for Molecular Genetics he worked on proteins involved in neurodegenerative diseases, in particular spinocerebellar ataxias. Since 2009 his PhD project in the department of Prof. Dr. Hans Lehrach focussed on the elucidation of resistance mechanisms against chemotherapy. For this he investigated the cellular stress response and it contributes to diseases like cancer and neurodegeneration. In August 2015 he joined the lab of Prof. Dr. Petra Knaus to examine the role of septin scaffolds in subcellular compartmentalization of BMP signaling, predominantly at the cell´s primary cilium. A related project aims to explore the mechanosensory functions of the cilium during normal chondrogenesis and osteoarthritis.