He graduated in biology at the University of Cologne, after specialised in molecular cell biology. The PhD thesis at the University of Düsseldorf was about the control of the cell cycle. Over 4.5 years as postdoc at IFOM in Milan, where dedicated to study neural stem cells.Once back toGermany in 2012 he decided to leave science to become investigative science journalist. Because of his own extensive background as cell biologist, his approach to science and scientists is everything but naïve or unquestioning. Special interests: research integrity and scientific misconduct in biomedicine, academic publishing, peer review transparency, open data sharing, biomedical ethics and education.