Born in raised in southern Germany, Philip studied chemistry at the Technical University of Munich. For his master’s thesis, he joined the group of Prof. John Hartwig at UC Berkeley, where he worked on copper-mediated fluorination of aryl silanes and iridium-catalyzed allylic substitution reactions. He then moved to Switzerland to do a PhD with Prof. Bill Morandi at ETH Zürich, working on the development of new carbonylation and metathesis reactions. Captivated by the Californian lifestyle, he then decided to do the German pilgrimage back to the US, and joined the lab of Prof. Sarah Reisman as a postdoc to work on total synthesis. In his free time, Philip enjoys doing all kinds of sports and hanging out with his friends.