Michael studied biology at the Carl von Ossietzky Universität in Oldenburg, Germany. He received his PhD from the Leibniz Universität in Hannover, Germany. Since 2002 he is working as group leader at the Technische Universität Braunschweig, Germany in the department headed by Prof. Dr. Stefan Dübel (co-inventor of phage display). In 2011, he finished his professorial dissertation and was appointed as Privatdozent (PD). In 2014 he was appointed as professor for biotechnology. He published more than 110 articles (including book chapters and reviews) on antibody engineering and phage display. He was the scientific coordinator of the EC FP7 funded project AntibotABE. Michael is working on the development of human and human-like antibodies for proteome research, diagnostics and therapy. Another field of his work is the identification of immunogenic proteins of pathogens using phage display. He co-founded the mAb-Factory GmbH in 2007 and the YUMAB GmbH (www.yumab.com) in 2012.