Michael commenced his studies in food chemistry at the Bergische Universität Wuppertal, in Germany in the year 2009. Inspired by the diversity of disciplines chemistry had to offer, he decided to change to chemistry and completed his Bachelor of Science degree in 2012, in physical chemistry. He did his Masters studies in material chemistry, in the course of which he came to the ANU for a short term research project with the Banwell Group in 2013. After graduating he decided to join the Banwell Group as a PhD student in 2015. His field of research is the development of total synthesis strategies to obtain natural products from a class of compounds called dihydrocatechols.