Doctor rer. national in Biology, University Kaiserslautern, 1993. Doctor of Philosophy, University Saarland, Homburg, Germany, 2000. Habilitation, Ludwig Maximilians University, Munich, 2006.
Research assistant, lecturer Ludwig Maximilians University, since 2000.
Son of Willibald and Gertrud Blum, Heinrich Blum (Stepfather). Married Sybille Katharina Blum, December 13, 1986. Children: Laura Aspasia, Theresa Maria.