In terms of academic research, Florian comes from a physics and cell biology background. He studied physics in Leipzig, Germany and Marseille, France. In Leipzig, he then did his PhD in the field of biological physics. The main focus of his work was on the spatial and functional self-organization within living cells. He moved to Amsterdam in 2012 where he continued with related research projects as a postdoctoral researcher at AMOLF, and later at the TU Delft. Throughout all those research activities Florian always worked in-between computer simulations and experiments that he developed, performed, and analyzed.
After his postdoc Florian felt that it was time for a change. He made an outgrown hobby his new profession and founded a small company (KÄNDI) in Amsterdam to develop and manufacture sustainable, high-quality sweets. As much as he enjoyed the creative side of artisanal work and product development, and as much as his kids loved that he was working with sweets and chocolate, he kept missing more complex scientific questions as well as the open exchange of ideas and knowledge within a scientific community. In 2018, after two years of doing very analog work as a profession and digital work in his free time (machine learning, visualization), Florian hence decided to switch the order and rather keep the analog part for his free time.