I am a Group Leader at the Earlham Institute and I also lead a research group at the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research in Germany.
I studied computer sciences at the Technical University of Berlin before joining the Max Planck Institute in 2012. My research has focused on identifying the principles that govern microbiota establishment, stability and dynamics, along with how adaptation occurs in a community context.
At the Earlham Institute I explore the inner workings of microbial communities. I’m particularly interested in those that associate with photosynthetic organisms, such as land plants and terrestrial microalgae, which complements the research interests of scientists both at the Earlham Institute and also across the Norwich Research Park.