Since 2015 Ulf is part of the iAMB in the field of computer-aided analysis to discover the potential of microorganisms for biotechnological use. He develops and uses genome-scale models to simulate the metabolism of microorganisms under different conditions. He works with metabolic flux analyses, which are carried out in the research group to elucidate the actual microbiological state. He uses machine learning to evaluate experimental findings and in teaching to simulate virtual organisms.
From 2001 Ulf studied biochemistry at the Martin-Luther University Halle-Wittenberg. During his diploma he conducted laboratory experiments in the bioprocess engineering laboratory of Prof. Neubauer at the University of Oulu to optimize the recombinant expression of Wnt proteins in E. coli. He became interested in developing a mathematical understanding of biological processes and switched to Systems Biology, which led him to the Laboratory of Systems Biology and Bioinformatics (SBI) of Prof. Wolkenhauer at the University of Rostock. In 2013 he completed his PhD thesis at SBI on the modeling of stressosome-mediated stress response in B. subtilis.