I am a Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute Faculty Scholar and an Associate Professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at Stanford Medical School. Originally from Germany, I received my undergraduate degree in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry from the University of Madison, Wisconsin. I then completed my PhD at the University of Cambridge in the UK, where I trained as a developmental biologist and studied the cellular mechanisms underlying early Drosophila nervous system development. During my postdoc at Columbia University, I began working with mouse as a model system, and became interested in mechanisms that underlie sensory-motor circuit connectivity in the spinal cord. I continued to explore the development and molecular regulation of spinal circuity as an Assistant Professor at the Sloan Kettering Institute in New York City. During this time, the focus of my laboratory further expanded to include neuronal circuits that underlie sexual function and gut motility.