I studied sociology, psychology, computer science and statistics at the Free University of Berlin from 2001 to 2006. Then I received a doctoral scholarship from the Robert Koch-Institute in 2006. In 2010, I completed my doctorate in sociology at the Humboldt University of Berlin on the topic "Social Change, Social Inequality and Health".
My doctoral thesis was awarded the dissertation prize of the German Society for Medical Sociology (DGMS). Since 2004, I have been employed at the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), first as a student assistant and later as a researcher. As a staff member in health reporting at the RKI I was involved in the development of the research focus Social Differences in Health and has published on a broad spectrum of social epidemiological topics. In 2015 I was appointed as the Deputy Head of the Department 28 on Social Determinants of Health at the Robert Koch-Institut (RKI).
I published various peer reviewed articles in the area of social Inequality and health with a focus on regional differences, work and the operationalisation of sociodemographic characteristics. I was head or deputy head of several third party funded research projects in various areas.