Don was born and raised in Kiel, a beautiful city in northern Germany. In 2013 he decided to study chemistry at the Humboldt-University in Berlin. He did his Bachelor thesis in the group of Oliver Seitz, where he worked on the synthesis of an inhibitor for LOX-1, a receptor which plays a crucial role in the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis. Afterwards during his Master’s studies he did a research internship and subsequently his Master thesis in the Hackenberger group, both about the synthesis of fluorescent structures. In 2019 he started as a PhD student in this group and focused on cycloadditions with unsaturated phosphonites and C(sp2)-electrophiles.