Diploma, Muenster University, Germany, 1983. Doctor of Philosophy summa cum laude, Muenster University, Germany, 1988.
Research and teaching assistant University Munster, 1983. Research associate Max-Planck-Institute for Biochemistry, Martinsried, Germany, 1984, University Munster, 1984-1989, University Mainz, Germany, 1989. Postdoctoral research associate University Illinois, Urbana, 1990, visiting research assistant professor, 1991, assistant professor physics and biophysics, 1992-1996, associate professor physics and biophysics, 1996-1997, adjunct professor, since 1997.
Head professor, Institute Biophysics University Ulm, Germany, since 1996. Visiting professor Stanford University, 1999, chairman Commission C6 of International Union Pure and Applied Physics, 2005-2008.
Fellow: American Association for the Advancement of Science, Institute Physics, American Physical Society. Member: German Conference Mathematics and Natural Sciences Department MNFT (council member since 2007), International Union Pure and Applied Biophysics since 2008, German Physical Society, Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft (executive board member since 2007), American Chemical Society, Biophysics Society, German Biophysics Society.
Married Karin Nienhaus, April 30, 1984. Children: Ulrike, Hans, Lea.