AOR PD Dr. Michael Seidel

Head of Group

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 Theoretical

Chemistry,  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, C1position.

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.