I have been appointed Assistant Professor of Marine Science at KAUST and resumed my duties in August 2009. KAUST is an awesome opportunity to do marine research for many reasons: 1) top-notch labs right next to coral reefs, 2) access to Red Sea has been and still is limited, however, it provides a treasure chest for all kinds of studies, and 3) where else in the world do you have the means and money to do whatever research you are dreaming of...
Prior to joining KAUST, I was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, USA in the research group of Professor Monica Medina and worked on Coral Reef Genomics. I earned my doctoral degree from the Institute of Genetics at the University of Cologne where I worked on evolution of gene expression differences in mice in the lab of Diethard Tautz. I got my master’s degree from the University of Cologne where I was studying developmental differences between sister species of the fruit fly.
I am an evolutionary biologist by heart and do my best to think outside the box and project the big picture by applying whatever techniques are available or by the development of new methods.