Doctor rerum naturalium (Doctor in Sciences), University Gottingen, Max Planck Institute, 1987.
Postdoctoral researcher department physiology University of California at Los Angeles School Medicine, 1988-1990. From assistant to professor department biology University California San Diego, La Jolla, 1990-2000, Novartis Endowed chair in plant science, since 2000. Director University California San Diego Plant Systems Biology Graduate Training Program, La Jolla, since 2005, North America arabidopsis steering com, since 2007, North America arabidopsis steering committee chair, 2009—2010.
Fellow American Association for the Advancement of Science. Member Biophysics Society, American Association Plant Biologists (Charles Albert Shull award 1997).
Married Marion G. Spors, August 9, 1991. Children: Julia Sofia K., Nicola A.J.