Albert-Ludwigs Universität, Freiburg, M.Sc. in Biochemistry
University of Edinburgh, Ph.D. in Chemistry
Michael Ochsenkühn started his scientific career with an interest in the biological functions of life on a molecular level, graduating from Albrecht-Ludwigs-University Freiburg with a major focus on structural biology. His PhD work involved the investigation of host-pathogen interactions of viruses, applying nanoparticles and two-photon imaging techniques in life cells to detect disease markers with Colin Campbell at the University of Edinburgh. He was awarded pilot funding for the development of enzyme based intracellular isotope labelling and he subsequently spent his first postdoc at University of Edinburgh. His interest in marine organism interactions and in addition to being an avid diver, Michael spent some time doing voluntary research in reef monitoring before starting a position at KAUST, Saudi Arabia where he studied stress responses of the algal symbiont of corals (Symbiodinium) and examined metabolite changes under external stress. In the Amin group he is continuing his metabolomics work using ultra high-resolution mass spectroscopy and genomics for the investigation of coral diseases and screening of marine microbes for drug candidates.