Michael has been appointed Scientist in charge of the biomedical beamline ID17 at the ESRF in November 2018. ID17 is dedicated to biomedical imaging, radiation biology and radiation therapy. Michael’s focus will be on Microbeam Radiation Therapy (MRT) and he will lead the effort towards clinical trials. He will continue to lead ISDD until 30 April 2019.
Michael holds a PhD in Physics from the University of Dortmund. He is a solid-state physicist with particular interest in the investigation of the magnetic and electronic structure and dynamics of materials, studies at extremes of pressure and temperature, and X-ray instrumentation. He has more than 30 years of experience in X-ray science, working at DESY, Brookhaven National Laboratory, and the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF).
In 1996 he became scientist in charge of the ID28 beamline project (Inelastic scattering II), and in 2013 he took over the responsibility of Upgrade beamline ID20 (UPBL6). He served as Deputy Group Head of the High Resolution and Resonance Scattering Group from 2002 to 2009, and as Group Head of the Dynamics and Extreme Conditions Group from 2009 to 2015.
Since June 2015 he is Head of the Instrumentation Services and Development Division, in charge of the ESRF’s instrumentation programme encompassing optics, detectors, mechanics, electronics, and software and control.
Michael was the Coordinator of the ESRF-UP and CRISP FP7 grants. He is currently serving on the Scientific Advisory Committee of ELI-ALPS and is one of the Directors of the HERCULES school.