Eva was born in Cologne, Germany and studied chemistry at the University of Bonn and the University of Zurich, Switzerland. She obtained her PhD in 1998 for work in the area of fullerene adducts and polymers from the MPI for Polymer Research in Mainz. A postdoctoral fellowship with CPIMA (NSF-Center for Polymer Interfaces and Macromolecular Assemblies) brought her to the IBM Almaden Research Center, California USA, focusing on the development of new living free polymerization techniques and approaches to nanoscopic materials. In 2001, she joined XenoPort, Inc. as a Staff Scientist and started at Vanderbilt University as Assistant Professor with a primary appointment in the Department of Chemistry in 2004 and was promoted to Associate Professor of Chemistry in 2011. In 2007, she was awarded with the NSF CAREER Award. In the spring semester 2014 she was a visiting professor at the Université Paris-Sud (UFR Pharmacie), France, and the Radboud University, Institute for Molecules and Materials (IMM), Nijmegen, The Netherlands.
She is an Associate Editor of Polymer Chemistry, RSC
and the Director of the Interdisciplinary Program in Material Science (IGPMS)