Diploma, University Göttingen, 1981. Doctor Natural Sciences, Free University Berlin, 1987.
Research stipendiate Max-Planck Institute for Experimental Medicine, Göttingen, 1979-1981. Research assistant Free University Berlin, 1981-1986, lecturer, 1985-1991. Scientist protein crystallography Hoechst Center Research, Frankfurt, Federal Republic Germany, 1986-1988.
Visiting scientist Biocenter of the University, Basel, Switzerland, 1987-1988. Group leader protein crystallography, protein engineering Hoechst Center Research, Frankfurt, 1988-1995. Professor Friedrich-Schiller University Jena, Jena, since 1995.
Director Institute Molecular Biotechnology, since 1998.
Member American Association for the Advancement of Science, New York Academy Sciences, American Crystallographic Association, British Crystallographic Association, Protein Society.
Married Anna-Liisa Peltola, January 30, 1981. 1 child, Jaana.