I was born and raised in Halle/Saale, Germany. I married Paola Travascio on May 3, 1998. We have two sons, born in 2002 and 2008.

University education

  • 1989-1993: Martin-Luther-Universität Halle, Germany (physics)
  • 1993-1994: University of St. Andrews, Scotland (physics, philosophy)
  • 1994-1995: Martin-Luther-Universität Halle, Germany (physics, graduated with Diplom)
  • 1996-1999: Ph.D. student at Simon Fraser University, Burnaby (Vancouver), Canada


  • 2000: post-doctoral Fellow and lecturer, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby (Vancouver), Canada
  • 2000-2002: post-doctoral Fellow, Research Training Network HPRN-CT-2000-00131 "The quantum structure of spacetime and the geometric nature of fundamental interactions" of the European Community's Human Potential Programme, University of Naples, Italy
  • 2002-2004: post-doctoral Fellow, INFN, Sezione di Napoli
  • 2004-2006: post-doctoral Fellow, University of Naples, Italy

Current Position

Associate Professor, University of Naples, Italy