Michael studied Biology (Biochemistry/Biophysics) at the University of Heidelberg, Germany (1998-2002) supported by the German National Academic Foundation. He did his PhD in structural biology at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory funded by the Peter and Traudl Engelhorn Foundation (2002-2006). He then moved to sunny California and worked in the lab of plant geneticist Joanne Chory at the Salk Institute supported by EMBO and HFSP postdoctoral fellowships (2007-2011). Next, Michael became an independent research group leader at the Friedrich Miescher Laboratory of the Max Planck Society in Tuebingen, Germany (2012-2014). In 2014 he became associate professor at the Department of Botany and Plant Biology at the University of Geneva. He received an HFSP career development award in 2012, an ERC starting grant in 2013 and became an EMBO Young Investigator in 2015.