AOR PD Dr. Michael Seidel

Born August 7, 1973 in Waiblingen 


Education and Qualification:

1994 – 1999 Academic studies in Technical Biology (Diploma), University of Stuttgart

1999 – 2003 PhD studies, Dr. rer. nat., University of Tübingen, Institute of Physical and TheoreticalChemistry
Title: „Development and miniaturisation of heterogeneous fluorescence bioassays based on FRET in plastic nanoliter cavities”

1999 – 2002 Collegiate and stipendiate of the DFG graduate school “Analytical Chemistry” at the University of Tübingen

2010 – 2014 Habilitation in Analytical Chemistry, Technische Universität München
Title: „Chemiluminescence Microarrays in Analytical Chemistry“


Professional career:

2002 – 2005 R&D Project leader at Miltenyi Biotec GmbH for an automated cell sorter (autoMACS pro Separator) and a flow cytometer (MACSQuant)

since 2005 Head of the working group “Bioseparation and Microarrays” at the Chair of Analytical Chemistry and Institute of Hydrochemistry, TU Munich, Germany.

2005 – 2007 Junior scientist, C1 – position

2007 – 2012 Permanent position as senior scientist „Akademischer Rat“

since 2012 Permanent position as senior scientist „Akademischer Oberrat“

2010 Appointment as lecturer for the module “Bioprocessing & Bioengineering” for Master of Science in Industrial Chemistry at GIST – TUM Asia, Singapore

2013 Appointment as lecturer for the module “Biochemical Process Engineering” for Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering at GIST – TUM Asia, Singapore

2014 Appointment as lecturer (German “PD”) in Analytical Chemistry at TU Munich, Germany


Supervision of students: 14 PhD, 18 master, and 22 Bachelor works completed


International Projects:

08/2010 – 7/2013 German-Israel Water Technology cooperation: “PATHOGENSCAN”

01/2015 –12/2017 JPI Water “Metawater”


National projects:

05/2013 – 04/2016 BMBF Project LEVERA: Food provision and analytics - Rapid concentration and multiplex microarray analysis of microorganisms and toxins

06/2013 – 05/2016 BMBF Project: Establishment of a concentration- and detection system for the inline-monitoring of waterborne pathogens in drinking and raw water (EDIT)

01/2015 – 12/2017 TUM IGSSE Project MiCSMaP (Microreactor with integrated characterization for the synthesis of magnetic nanoparticles

08/2015 – 07/2018 BMBF Project LegioTyper: Cultivation-independent detection system for the rapid risk assessment of anthropogenic caused aerogenic expositions of Legionella

11/17 – 10/19 AIF-ZIM Project: Rapid microarray-based detection of moulds, bacteria and toxins in indoor air after sampling by impingement


Membership in Scientific Organisations

Section Analytical Chemistry, Division of the German Chemistry Association (GDCh)

Hydrochemical Society, Division of the German Chemistry Association (GDCh)

Section Biotechnology, Division of the DECHEMA


Expert Commitees

Commission on Bioaerosols and Biological Agents of the Clean Air Commission (KRdL) of the Association of Engineers (VDI) and German Institute for Standardization (DIN), Member of working groups “Measurement and assessment of Legionella” (since 2011) and “Recognition of airborne microorganisms and viruses in the ambient air” (since 2007)

Chairman of the temporary working group in the division biotechnology at the DECHEMA “Biosecurity and biological monitoring” (2011-2015)


Most relevant publications of the last 5 years

Seidel, M. and Niessner, R., Chemiluminescence microarrays: a critical review. Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry 2014, 406, 5589–5612.

Kunze, A.; Pei, L.; Elsaesser, D.; Niessner, R.; Seidel, M., High performance concentration method for viruses in drinking water. Journal of Virological Methods, 2015, 222, 132-137.

Wunderlich, A.; Torggler, C.; Elsaesser, D.; Lück, C.; Niessner, R.; Seidel, M., Rapid quantification method for Legionella pneumophila in surface water. Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry 2016, 408(9), 2203-2213.

Kunze, A.; Dilcher, M.; Abd El Wahed, A.; Hufert, F.; Niessner, R. and Seidel, M., On-Chip isothermal nucleic acid amplification on flow-based chemiluminescence microarray analysis platform for the detection of viruses and bacteria. Analytical Chemistry 2016, 88, 898–905.

Nistler, A.; Hartmann, C.; Rümenapp, C.; Opel, M.; Gleich, B.; Niessner, R.; Seidel, M.; Production and characterization of long-term stable superparamagnetic iron oxide-shell silica-core nanocomposites. Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials, 2017, 442, 497-503

Teaching philosophy of PD Dr. Seidel

The university is the place for students to be supported in the development process to an academic personality. The corresponding framework is designed so that the best possible conditions for a variety of professional and personal development opportunities are created. The encouragement of creativity and dialogue is a prerequisite for innovative scientific thinking and acting. This is achieved through a combination of research and teaching. Teaching is an agile, respectful exchanges between teacher and student, and I see myself, depending on the course, as a professionally and didactically competent teacher, coach, facilitator or mentor who accompanies the individual learning processes active. My goal is to conduct students to their intellectual and personal autonomy. Through their scientific competence and social skills graduated students should act in their professional live confidently and creatively. The course offers are designed that technically competent, independent, problem-and solution-oriented learning is encouraged. The curriculum is constantly refined, so a flexible and future-oriented knowledge is possible. Teaching activities are focussed on analytical and bioanalytical methods.


Trace analytical techniques: Bioanalytics (Immunoassays and Analytical Microarrays). Part of LV0036, for bachelor students in Chemistry. 

Trace analysis for biochemists: (Bio-)Organic trace analysis (sample preparation, selected chromatographic methods, separation techniques, biosensors, quantitative molecular biological methods). Part of LV0086, for bachelor students in Biochemistry. 

Bioanalytics of organic traces: Bioanalytical Analysis Platforms (Biosensors, Flow Cytometry, PCR, Analytical Microarrays), Bioseparation (Magnetic nanoparticle, Monoliths), Microfluidics. Part of the minor course in Analytical Chemistry - Organic Trace Analysis (LV0307). For master students in Chemistry.

Biochemical Analytics: Immunoassays and Microarray-Technology. Part of WZ 2009. For bachelor students in Biochemistry or Molecular Biotechnology.

Bioprocessing & Bioengineering: Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Genetic Engineering, Bioreactors, Bioprocess Control, Food Biotechnology, Medical Biotechnology, Enzyme Biotechnology, Downstream Processing, Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry. For master students in Industrial Chemistry at TUM Asia (GIST), Singapore.

Biochemical Process Engineering: Enzyme Process Engineering, Industrial Microbiology, Food Fermentation, Energy and Mass Transfer, Mass Balance, Growth Kinetics and Processing, Bioreactor Design, Downstream Processing, Sterilization Techniques, Process Control and Analysis. For bachelor students in Chemical Engineering at TUM Asia (GIST), Singapore.

Lab classes

Practical course in Analytical Chemistry - Organic Trace Analysis (LV2132): Responsible: Prof. Dr. Elsner. Microarrays and ELISA. For master students in Chemistry choosing LV0307 as part of the minor course in Analytical Chemistry - Organic Trace Analysis or as elective subject.

Research lab course (LV 2009): Responsible: Prof. Dr. Elsner. Module is part of the minor course in Analytical Chemistry - Organic Trace Analysis. For master students in Chemistry.

Bachelor, Master and PhD thesis

This is an offer for students from different disciplines such as chemistry, biochemistry, molecular biotechnology, food chemistry, pharmaceutical sciences, or chemical engineering.