Short CV/Education and training

  • 1988
    Diplom thesis in physics, with distinction, on two- and four-wave mixing; Darmstadt University of Technology, Germany

  • 1988 – 1992
    Doctoral studies on holographic data storage and its application in neural networks, Institute of Applied Physics, Darmstadt University of Technology

  • 1990 – 1991
    Research at the Institut d'Optique Théorique et Appliquée in Orsay, France

  • 1993
    Lise Meitner dissertation prize from the Federal State of Hesse, Germany

  • 1999
    Habilitation (postdoctoral qualification) thesis in physics on spatiotemporal structure formation in nonlinear optics, Darmstadt University of Technology

  • 1999
    Prize from the Adolf Messer Foundation for the development of nonlinear dynamic phase contrast microscopy ("novelty filter") during this period

  • Since 2001
    Professor, Institute of Applied Physics, University of Münster, Germany

  • Since 2004
    Director of the Institute

  • Since 2007
    Speaker, Centre for Nonlinear Science, University of Münster

  • Since 2008
    Head of MExLab Physics, a school laboratory, and founder of MExlab wissen.leben.experimentieren, an experimental laboratory, at the University of Münster

  • Since 2010
    Vice-rector for International Affairs and Young Researchers, University of Münster

Selected publications

  • Autorin von mehr als 130 Artikeln in begutachteten internationalen Fachzeitschriften

  • Autorin von 2 Büchern und zahlreichen Buchartikeln



Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • German Research Foundation projects:

  • Projects in Priority Programme SPP 1147 "Imaging diagnostic systems"

  • Projects in Transfer Projects SFB: Transregio TRR 61 "Multilevel molecular assemblies"

Individual projects on:

  • data storage

  • image processing

  • nonlinear microscopy

BMBF (Federal Ministry of Education and Research) projects on:

  • data storage

  • encouraging girls in science

Industry projects:

  • on data storage and image processing

  • research on lasers

European projects:

  • EU network Photonics 4 Life

  • ESF network COST Action MP0604

  • on optical micromanipulation

German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) projects on:

  • soliton control

  • generation and propagation of light in photonic structures

Selected bilateral international projects on:

  • photonic crystals

  • optical tweezers

  • photorefractive crystals

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Review board member for the German Research Foundation (DFG)

  • On the senate commission for equality, University of Münster, Germany

  • Member of the executive committee of the German Optical Society (DGaO)

  • Prize committee chairperson for the German Physical Society (DPG) Hertha Sponer Prize

  • Member of the board of directors and the advisory committee of the European Optical Society (EOS)

  • Member of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP) Commission C.17 Quantum Electronics

  • Member of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) scholarship committee

  • Member of the Carl Zeiss Foundation scholarship committee

  • Member of evaluation panel for prizes awarded by the Federal State of Baden-Württemberg, Germany

  • Member of the editorial board, Optics Communications

  • Member of the editorial board, Journal of the European Optical Society

  • Member of the editorial board, Journal of Optics A: Pure and Applied Optics

  • Expert consultant for numerous international (Australia, India, China, Europe) and national bodies

Additional qualifications

  • Leader of a working group of 25 researchers in the field of nonlinear phototonics

  • Author of more than 130 publications, several books and numerous articles in books

  • 2 patents


Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Soft Skills

  • Institute director

  • head of a science centre

  • manager

  • chief administrator

  • team leader

  • mediator

  • coach and trainer

  • construction supervisor

  • etc.


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