Chris got trained as a lab technician and worked for Artemis Pharmaceuticals Cologne/ Taconic Biosciences generating customized mouse models before entering academia. He then obtained a BSc and a MSc in Molecular Biology from the University of Applied Science Gelsenkirchen and performed his Master thesis in the Cell Signalling lab of Prof. Bart Vanhaesebroeck at QMUL London, where he became interested in signal transduction and vascular biology. In October 2008 he joined the Lab of Prof. Petra Knaus to work on BMP and TGFβ growth factors, their receptors and context-specific activities, specifically their role in cell migration. Chris completed his PhD end of 2013 honored with “summa cum laude”.
His current aim as postdoctoral researcher is to understand the crosstalk of BMPs, the cells extracellular environment and mechanotransduction using advanced light-microscopy and biomaterial interface technologies. He is collaborating with cross-disciplinary researchers in- and out-side of Germany. His work is funded by the Einstein Center for Regenerative Therapies and the Morbus- Osler Foundation (www.morbus-osler.de).
Besides teaching at FU Berlin and (BSRT) Berlin-Brandenburg School for Regenerative Therapies (BSRT, DFG Graduate School 203), Chris is involved in lab- management. He is member of the German Society of Cell Biology (DGZ) as well as Biochemical Society and acts as peer-reviewer for international scientific journals.