Jonathan has studied Biochemistry at the Universities of Halle (Saale), Germany, and Kingston upon Hull, UK, with special focus on protein chemistry and molecular biology. He undertook his diploma thesis research project with Lorenz Mayr at Bayer AG, Wuppertal, Germany, benefiting from exposure to an industry-academia collaborative project between the Bayer AG research centre in Wuppertal and the Institute for Technical Biochemistry in Halle, Germany.
Jonathan undertook further training in Biochemistry in his PhD studies with Peter Bayer at Max Planck Institute for Molecular Physiology, Dortmund, which gave him the opportunity to acquire advanced skills in biophysics and analytical spectroscopy including NMR. When Peter was then appointed Head of the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Duisburg-Essen in 2004, Jonathan followed him and took up a fixed-term assistant lecturer position (C1), which provided him with the responsibility for a number of research projects and early leadership experience.
Jon reached scientific independence, when he was able to secure two highly competitive short-term fellowships in 2007 and 2011 from the European Molecular Biology Organisation (EMBO) to visit Annalisa Pastore at the MRC National Institute for Medical Research in London, UK for studying various aspects of PAPS synthase biology. In 2012, Jon joined CEDAM to advance his research on steroid sulfation and PAPS synthases within this unparalleled biomedical translational context.