Kathrin grew up in Saarland where she completed her education in schools with the general qualification for university entrance (Abitur). She then moved to Kaiserslautern to study Food Chemistry and finally obtained her diploma degree (food chemist) in March 2014. For her diploma thesis she worked in the group of Melanie Esselen where she investigated the influence on redox-sensitive genes from extracts of traditional Chinese foodstuff and other model substances. Subsequently Kathrin started her PhD in the group of Stefan Müller at the Institute of Biochemistry II in Frankfurt. Since July 2014 she is focusing on redox regulation of the SUMO system.