I earned my PhD in Developmental Neurobiology at the University of Heidelberg, and Max-Planck Institute for Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, Dresden, Germany. Since then, I specialised in molecular embryology, stem cells and genetic engineering with the aim to benefit animal breeding and human therapy. I am an Adjunct and Honorary Associate Professor at University of Waikato and Auckland, respectively.


  • Doctorate, Biology, MPI-CBG - Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, 2000
  • Doctorate, Biology, Heidelberg University, 2000
  • Masters, Biology, Justus Liebig University Giessen, 1995

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