Born in Germany, I pursued my tertiary education in Germany and France and obtained a Ph.D. in Life Sciences at the University of Bordeaux II in 1993. I currently hold the position of South African Research Chair in Integrated Wine Science and of Distinguished Professor in Wine Biotechnology at Stellenbosch University.
My research has been published in more than 100 peer-reviewed articles and in several book chapters. I have been invited to present numerous keynote, opening or plenary lectures at international and national conferences, and am a member of the Editorial Boards of Yeast, FEMS Yeast Research, BMC Microbiology and the South African Journal of Enology and Viticulture.
25 Ph.D. and more than 40 M.Sc. students have graduated under my supervision.