e studied medicine in Hamburg and Chicago and received his MD from Hamburg University Medical School in 1998. Starting his internship and junior residency in clinical neurology at the University of Würzburg (Prof. Toyka), he switched to the medical University Homburg/Saar (Prof. Becker, Prof. Jung) in 2001, where he obtained board approval for specialising in neurology (Facharzt) in 2004. From 2004 to 2007, he undertook a postdoc fellowship at the National Institute of Aging, Baltimore (Prof. Rao, Prof. Mattson), where he worked on glial precursor biology and eventually on the immunology of stroke. After returning to Germany in 2007, he works now as an attending physician in the Department of Neurology at the Hamburg University, where he runs his own lab which focuses on stroke research. Their main interest is the immunology of stroke and the translation to the human situation. For his scientific work he was awarded the Langheinrich Preis.