About Me

From October 2009 until September 2013, I took part in the Bachelor's programme in Bioinformatics at the Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen. There I wrote my Bachelor thesis on "Bigramm-Alignierung und ihre Anwendung in der historischen Linguistik" (engl. "Bigram Alignment and its Application in Historical Linguistics").

I continued my studies in Bioinformatics at the University of Leipzig and graduated in January 2016. Partly in parallel, I started my doctorate at the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences in June 2015.

Research Interests

As the title of my Bachelor thesis already suggests, I feel at home in the combination of both, Bioinformatics and Linguistics, called Phylolinguistics. This topic was extended in my master thesis entitled "Alignment of Words - Bioinformatics Approaches in Comparative Linguistics".

The first contact with Linguistics was at the Studienkolleg 2012/13 with the title "Sprache als Schnittstelle zwischen natürlicher und kultureller Evolution" (engl. "Language as Interface of Natural and Cultural Evolution"). As a bioinformatician, I instantly liked the idea of putting together both, the tools bioinformaticians have at their disposal and the evolutionary idea in linguistics. Hence, I applied as a student assistant at the EVOLAEMP - Language Evolution: The Empirical Turn where I learned a lot about current research in this field. I continued working on this topic in Leipzig as research assistant and even in my Master thesis I was able to put the main focus on Phylolinguistics.

In addition to this very interesting topic, I am also interested in Theoretical Computer Science. Especially formal grammars and their connection to Syntax in Linguistics open a very interesting field.

Another very special role in my interest still remains in language as evolutionary factor in human evolution since the "Studienkolleg". Special because I cannot combine this topic with my current research yet. Here, particularly books of M. Tomasello or T. W. Deacon had a big influence as they represent both communicative and cognitive approaches.