Michael Grünstäudl (Gruenstaeudl), PhD

Postdoctoral Researcher at the Freie Universität Berlin




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Michael Gruenstaeudl

Michael Gruenstaeudl


The focus of my research is the development and application of computational methods to explore the phylogenetic relationships of flowering plants. Specifically, I develop and apply bioinformatics software and workflows to conduct phylogenetic and phylogenomic analyses in the context of process automation and genomic data mining. Using these tools, I explore real-world questions in plant systematics and evolution.



Writing bioinformatic software

Writing bioinformatic software


I conduct academic teaching and thesis supervision in both plant biology and bioinformatics. I hereby place great emphasis on the publication of student theses as scientific papers. Hence, my students typically have their first publication when they finish their Master’s thesis with me. Incidentally, I have won several academic teaching awards.





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Work in herbarium

Teaching plant systematics

About me

After completing a Ph.D. in plant biology at the University of Texas at Austin, I conducted postdoctoral research in the fields of evolutionary biology and bioinformatics at the Ohio State University. I then proceeded to the Freie Universität Berlin to conduct postdoctoral research in plant phylogenetics and bioinformatics,  teach as a lecturer, and write a habilitation thesis.





Given my experiences and observations in 2021 and 2022, I strongly support initiatives that speak out for freedom of speech in general and academic freedom in particular, such as the Netzwerk Wissenschaftsfreiheit. The phenomenon of ‘Cancel Culture‘ has become a serious problem in academia. It is intimidating faculty, students, and administrative staff alike and is unbecoming of a liberal society. My own encounter with ‘Cancel Culture‘ is documented here: https://www.netzwerk-wissenschaftsfreiheit.de/presse/


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