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Michael Lakatos, Dr. rer. nat.

Scientist in the field of polymer science, University of Applied Sciences Kaiserslautern

Date of birth:             02.01.1969 


Since 10.2016 

Joint project leader of BMBF- & EFRE-research projects HSKL

2013 - 2016

Head of Department & Studienkolleg, Department Learning Environment & Further Education, since 2014 additionally International Studienkolleg RLP; HS K'lautern


Research group leader, Biomaterial research using µCT, Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics (ITWM), FhG, Kaiserslautern

2009 - 2013

Head of Research Group, DFG Project Plant Ecology & Systematics TU KL

2003 - 2009             

Assistant Professor for Experimental Ecology. 2003 to 2008 Deputy Professor of the Department of Ecology, TU KL

2002 - 2003

Postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for Science and Applied Technology (ICAT) Lisbon, Portugal (Prof. C. Máguas)

1996 - 2000

Guest researcher in Venezuela, French Guiana, Panama

1997 - 2002Research associate at the University of Kaiserslautern, Botany Department
2003 - 2009

Assistant Professor TU Kaiserslautern (Department of Experimental Ecology)   


Doctorate: University of Kaiserslautern
"Ecological studies of growth-form distribution patterns of lichens in tropical rainforests"

1997Study of Biology (Diploma): J.-W. Goethe Uni. Frankfurt
“Cyanobacterial adaptation for radiation by UV and light protective pigments”



Phycology, Biopolymers, Bioprocess Engineering


Prizes and awards


Nomination of the "Next Blue" project by the BMBF for the GO-BIO start-up offensive.


Nomination of the Department of Computer Science and Microsystems Technology of HS KL for the Ars Legendi Prize for Excellence in University Teaching.


Winner of the ideas competition of the founding office TU & HS Kaiserslautern.


Biotropica Award for Excellence in Tropical Biology & Conservation.


Winner of the ideas competition "New Products for the Bioeconomy" (BMBF).


Winner of the GO-BIO Innovation Academy of the BMBF; Berlin.


Timber Construction Prize RLP 2011 for project "Biosphere Tower".

Research and technologies:

Dr. Michael Lakatos has been leading interdisciplinary and international research projects for 20 years, with economic proximity to the implementation of new bionic or ecological approaches. His research focuses on microalgae, phototrophic microbes, physiological ecology, emers growth, drought stress, biochemistry and pigments. He received his PhD in biology, was Assistant professor and substitute professor (TU Kaiserslautern) and currently works as scientist and lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences Kaiserslautern in the field of photofermentation (including terrestrial microalgae). He has the skills of interdisciplinary project development, has headed the Department of University Didactics and has raised numerous (inter)national third-party funds

Topic specific publications

1   Lakatos M. & Strieht D. (2017) Terrestrial Microalgae - Novel Concepts For Biotechnology And Applications , In: Canovas FM., Lüttge U. & Matyssek R. (Hrsg.)Progress in Botany, Springer, Vol. 79: 269-312

2   Strieth D., Schwing J., Kuhn S., Lakatos M., Muffler K. & Ulber R. (2017) A semi-continuous process based on an ePBR for the production of EPS using Trichocoleus sociatus. Journal of Biotechnology 256: 6-12

3   Kuhne S., Strieth D., Lakatos M., Muffler K. & Ulber R. (2014) A new photobioreactor concept enabling the production of desiccation induced biotechnological products using terrestrial cyanobacteria. Journal of Biotechnology192, Part A: 28-33.

4   Muffler K., Lakatos M., Schlegel C., Strieht D., Kuhne S. & Ulber R. (2014) Application of biofilm bioreactors in white biotechnology. Advances in Biochemical Engineering/ Biotechnology 146: 123-161.

5   Kuhne S., Strieth D., Weber A., Muffler K., Lakatos M. & Ulber R. (2013) Screening of two terrestrial cyanobacteria for biotechnological production processes in shaking flasks, bubble columns, and stirred tank reactors. Journal of Applied Phycology 26(4):1639-1648.

6   Kuhne S., Lakatos M, Foltz S., Muffler K. & Ulber R. (2013) Characterization of terrestrial cyanobacteria to increase process efficiency in low energy consuming production processes. Sustainable Chemical Processes 1(1): 1-6.

7   Máguas C., Pinho P., Branquinho C., Hartard B. & Lakatos M. (2013) Carbon-Water-Nitrogen relationships between lichens and the atmosphere: Tools to understand metabolism and ecosystem change. MycoKeys 6: 95-106.

8   Kuhne S., Muffler K., Lakatos M., Ulber R. (2012) Algae biotechnology V1.01 Innovative Photobioreactor for Cultivation of terrestrial Cyanobacteria. Chemie Ingenieur Technik 84:1178-1428.

9   Lakatos M., Obregón A., Büdel B. & Bendix J. (2012) Midday dew - an overlooked factor enhancing photosynthetic activity of corticolous epiphytes in a wet tropical forest.New Phytologist 194(1): 245-253.

10 Dojani S., Lakatos M., Rascher U., Wanek W, Lüttge U. & Büdel B. (2007) Nitrogen input by cyanobacterial biofilms of an inselberg into a tropical rainforest in French Guiana, Flora  202 (7): 521-529.