PhD in 2001 with distinction from TU Munich, Oberassistent/Habilitation at ETH Zürich. Since 2007 at ICFO, he has pioneered mid-IR photonics, attosecond soft X-rays and laser-induced electron diffraction which led to breakthroughs in imaging chemical dynamics and carrier motion in materials. He is Associate Editor of APL Photonics and AAAS/CAS Ultrafast Science, Fellow of the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes, Fellow of the Optical Society, Fellow of the American Physical Society, recipient of the Thousand Talents Program Award China, the OSA Allen Prize, and Bessel Prize of the Humboldt Foundation, ERC Advanced Grant and ERC Proof of Concept Grant holder. He is actively involved in the scientific community, e.g. co-author of the whitebook for European Extreme Light Infrastructure, Laserlab-Europe, Panel Member of the ERC and Volkswagen Foundation, on the Scientific Advisory Board of FORTH in Crete and Executive Diirector of Laserlab-Europe AISBL.