Doctor of Philosophy, Utrecht University, The Netherlands. Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, LM University Munich, 1987.
Postgraduate researcher Max-Planck Institute, Martinsried, 1987—1988. Veterinary researcher American Red Cross Onderstepoort Veterinary Institute, South Africa, 1989—2002, department head, 2002—2007, programme manager, since 2009. Conference organising committee member ISVEE12, Durban, Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa, since 2004.
Keynote speaker Mycobacterium Bovis Conference, Dublin, 2005.
Member of International Dairy Federation (expert consultant 2003-2009), Veterinary Council.
Married Robert Michel, July 17, 1987. Children: Tamara Claudia, Sascha Martin.