Curriculum vitae

Current position:

  • Associate professor at Biosystematics group, Wageningen University (WU), The Netherlands


  • 2006 Dr. rer. nat., Freie Universität (FU) Berlin, Germany
  • 2000  Diploma Biology, FU Berlin

Working experience:

  • 2016 – 2018: Assistant professor at Biosystematics group, WU
  • 2016: Humboldt research fellow at Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, Germany
  • 2015: Visiting professor at FU Berlin
  • 2014 – 2015: Visiting research fellow at FU Berlin
  • 2007 – 2014 Post-doctoral researcher at Laboratory of Entomology, WU (personal NWO Veni grant and personal DFG research grant)

Grants and scholarships:

  • Personal grant for talented experienced researchers to develop own research line (VIDI) by Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research, NWO (2015)
  • Alexander van Humboldt Research fellowship for experienced researchers (2014)
  • NWO Aspasia grant to encourage the promotion of female Vidi grant candidates to an associate professorship (2014)
  • Personal grant for talented young researchers (VENI) by NWO (2009)
  • Research fellowship for highly qualified young researchers by German Research Foundation, DFG (2007)
  • Exchange grant for young scientists funded by the European Science Foundation, ESF (2006)
  • Ph.D. talent grant from the Berliner Graduierten Förderung (NaFöG) at FU Berlin (2002)

Invited presentations:

  • 12th annual EPS workshop on Plant-insect interactions, Leiden, The Netherlands (2018)
  • Dies Natalis 100 years. Unravelling Life: Wisdom and wonder. Wageningen, The Netherlands (2018)
  • Gordon Research Conference Plant-Herbivore Interaction, Ventura, CA, USA (2017)
  • Annual meeting Experimental Plant Sciences, Lunteren, The Netherlands (2017)
  • Panhellenic Entomological Congress, Heraklion, Greece (2015)
  • Colloquium of the CRC973 ‘Priming and Memory of Organismic Responses to Stress’, FU Berlin (2015)
  • Symposium on the Use of Egg Parasitoids in Agriculture, Agricultural University of Athens, Greece (2015)
  • Netherlands-Japan Seminar on Parasitoid Biology, Wageningen (2014)
  • Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Seminar, Neuchatel, Switzerland (2014)
  • Job application as assistant professor ‘Plant bio-interactions’, Stockholm, Sweden (2013)
  • Talk at ‘Fascinatie voor Insecten’, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (2012)
  • Insects and Society, Wageningen (2011 & 2013)
  • Entomophagous Insect Conference, Antibes, France (2011)
  • PhD workshop “Plant-interactions with other Eukaryotes”, Lausanne, Switzerland (2011)
  • Seminar at Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, Neuroethology, Jena, Germany (2008)
  • International Congress of Entomology, Durban, South Africa (2008)
  • Conference on the Biology of Butterflies, Rome, Italy (2007)
  • Department of Ecology and Evolution, University of Lausanne, Switzerland (2005)

(Co-)Supervision MSc, PhD and Postdocs:

  • 6 BSc, 30 MSc, 7 PhDs and 5 Postdocs (2004-present)

Teaching activities:

  • 2016-present: Webs of Terrestrial Diversity (BSc), Wageningen University
  • 2016-present: Biodiversity of the Netherlands (BSc), WUR
  • 2015: Human Ecology - How microbes affect our life (BSc), FU Berlin
  • 2015-2016: Schreiben naturwissenschaftlicher Texte (Scientific writing) (BSc), FU Berlin
  • 2010-2015: Ecological Aspects of Bio-interactions (MSc), WUR
  • 2003-2015: Supervision practicals in different MSc and BSc courses, WUR