Professor Schloter is director of the Research Unit for Environmental Genomics at the Helmholtz Center Munich. He studied biology in Munich and received his PhD in 1994 from the University of Bayreuth. The main focus of his work is the examination of the genetic diversity of microflora in different environmental compartments. Furthermore, Professor Schloter is involved in several human microbiome initiatives. His main goal is to understand the interaction between microbes and its meaning for ecosystem functionality and performance. To achieve his goals Professor Schloter uses modern high throughput sequencing technologies. Michael Schloter’s research group has published more than 150 papers in the last 5 years in scientific journals such as Nature and PNAS. Since 2001 professor Schloter has been teaching at TUM and closely collaborating with colleagues and faculty members in the Department of Life Sciences. He was appointed honorary professor of microbiology in 2010.
- Director of the Research Unit for Environmental Genomics at the Helmholtz Center Munich (since 2011)
- Scientific advisor to DFG and the EU (since 2007)
- Editor of international scientific journals (since 2003)
- Member of the DIN and VDI commissions on the standardization of molecular techniques (since 2003)