Bene is a PhD student at the Technical University of Darmstadt in the Kabisch Lab. In parallel to his Master in Biomolecular Engineering he also holds a Master in Energy Science and Engineering, also from TU Darmstadt. During his Bachelor and Master in Biomolecular Engineering he focussed on microbiology and metabolic engineering. For his master thesis he combined this with his interest for renewable energy sources, researching ways to synthesize biofuel from waste using yeast. In his PhD he is working on the local production of viral diagnostic enzymes in low-resource environments.