Peer review journal publications (since 2011)

Teunisse W., Youssef S., Schmidt M. (forthcoming). Human enhancement through the lens of experimental and speculative neurotechnologies. Human Behavior and Emerging Technologies


★ Schmidt M. 2019. A metric space for semantic containment: Towards the implementation of genetic firewalls. Biosystems. Vol. 185, 104015.


★ Pei L, Schmidt M. 2018. Novel biotechnological approaches to produce biological compounds: challenges and opportunities for science communication. Current Opinion in Biotechnology. Vol. 56: 43-47.


★ Pei L, Schmidt M. 2018. Fast-growing engineered microbes: new concerns for Gain-of-Function research?Frontiers in Genetics. doi: 10.3389/fgene.2018.00207


★ Nakajima R., Shigeno S., Zullo L., De Sio F., Schmidt M. 2018.Cephalopods between Science, Art, and Engineering: a contemporary synthesis. Frontiers in Communication: Science and Environmental Communication. doi: 10.3389/fcomm.2018.00020


★ Schmidt M., Dejean A. 2018. A dolichoderine ant that constructs traps to collectively ambush prey: convergent evolution with a myrmicine genus. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society doi:10.1093/biolinnean/bly028


★ Dudnik A, et al. 2017. BacHBerry: BACterial Hosts for production of Bioactive phenolics from bERRY fruits. Phytochemistry Reviews 


★ Schmidt M, Pei L, Budisa N. 2017. Xenobiology: State-of-the-art, Ethics and Philosophy of new-to-nature organisms. Advances in Biochemical Engineering/Biotechnology. doi: 10.1007/10_2016_14. [Epub ahead of print]


★ deLorenzo V. and Schmidt M. 2017. Biological standards for the Knowledge-Based BioEconomy: what is at stakeNew Biotechnology. DOI: 10.1016/j.nbt.2017.05.001


★ deLorenzo V. and Schmidt M. 2017. The do-it-yourself movement as a source of innovation in biotechnology – and much more. Microbial Biotechnology  Vol 10(3):517–519  


★ Radchuk O, Kerbe W, Schmidt M. 2016. Homo Politicus meets Homo Ludens: Public participation in serious life science games. Public Understanding of Science (doi:10.1177/0963662516653030)


★ Schmidt M, deLorenzo V. 2016 Synthetic bugs on the loose: containment options for deeply engineered (micro)organismsCurrent Opinion in Biotechnology Vol. 38:90–96


★ Kerbe W. 2015.  What is Life—in Everyday Understanding? A Focus Group Study on Lay Perspectives on the Term Life. Artificial Life. Early online access doi:10.1162/ARTL_a_00181


★ Schmidt M, Meyer A, Cserer A. 2015. The film festival Bio:fiction: sensing possibilities how a debate about synthetic biology might evolvePublic Understanding of Science. Vol. 24(5) 619–635


★ Kerbe W, Schmidt M. 2015. Splicing boundaries: the experiences of bioart exhibition visitors. Leonardo. Vol. 48, No. 2, pp. 128–136


Wei W, Pei L, Schmidt M and Xu J. 2014. Biosafety Considerations of Synthetic Biology: Lessons Learned from Transgenic Technology. Curr Synthetic Sys Biol, Vol.2:3


★ Seyfried G, Pei L, Schmidt M. 2014. European Do-it-yourself (DIY) Biology: beyond the hope, hype and horrorBioEssays. Vol. 36(6)


★ Meyer A, Cserer A, Schmidt M. 2013. Frankenstein 2.0.: Identifying and characterising synthetic biology engineers in science fiction filmsLife Sciences, Society and Policy. Vol: 9:9.


★ Torgersen T, Schmidt M. 2013. Frames and comparators: How might a debate on synthetic biology evolve? Futures. Vol. 48: 44-54


★ Guan Z, Schmidt M, Pei L, Wei W, Ma K. 2013. Biosafety considerations of synthetic biology in the international Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) competitionBioscience. Vol. 63 (1):25-34


★ Acevedo-Rocha CG, Fang G, Schmidt M, Ussery DW, Danchin A. 2013. From essential to persistent genes: a functional approach to constructing synthetic lifeTrends in Genetics. Vol 29 (5):273-9


★ Schmidt M, de Lorenzo V. 2012. Synthetic constructs in/for the environment: Managing the interplay between natural and engineered BiologyFEBSLetters Vol. 586: 2199–2206


★ Pei L, Gaisser S, Schmidt M. 2011. Synthetic Biology in the view of European public funding organizationPublic Understanding of Sciences.  Vol.1: 1–14


★ Schmidt M, Pei L. 2011. Synthetic Toxicology: Where engineering meets biology and toxicologyToxicological Sciences. 120(S1), S204–S224


★ Pei L, Schmidt M, Wei W. 2011. Synthetic biology: an emerging research field in China. Biotechnology Advances. Vol 29(6):804-814.


★ Pei L, Schmidt M, Wei W. 2011. Can synthetic biology bring sustainable development to China? Biochemist. Vol 33(5):14-18


★ Ford-Lloyd BV, Schmidt M, et al. 2011. Crop Wild Relatives—Undervalued, Underutilized and under Threat? BioScience. Vol. 61, No. 7: pp. 559-565


★ Pei L, Gaisser S, Schmidt M. 2011. Synthetic Biology in the view of European public funding organization. Public Understanding of Sciences. Vol.1: 1–14


★ Schmidt M, Pei L. 2011. Synthetic Toxicology: Where engineering meets biology and toxicology. Toxicological Sciences. 120(S1), S204–S224


Older publications…

Books and book chapters

★ Schmidt M. (ed.) 2018. The Art of Antibiotics: Two residencies. Two artists.Two labs. Morawa, Vienna


★ Schmidt M, Pei L. (2018). Synthetic Biology: From Genetic Engineering 2.0 to Responsible Research and Innovation. In: Smolke (ed.) 2018. Synthetic Biology: Parts, Devices and Applications. Wiley-VCH, Weinheim ISBN: 978-3-527-33075-1


★ Pei, L. and Schmidt M. 2016. Sustainable Assessment on Using Bacterial Platform to Produce High-Added-Value Products from Berries through Metabolic Engineering. Systems Biology Application in Synthetic Biology. S. Singh (ed), Springer71-78


 Seyfried G, Schmidt M. (forthcoming) Standardisierte Biologie – Ein wissenschaftlicher Kochworkshop. Proceedings of the Prototype Nature Conference and Workshop.


★ Kerbe W., Khodhzaeva A., Schmidt M. 2015. Using Short Films for Public Engagement with Synthetic Biology. Proceedings form the 2015 PACITA Conference in Berlin: The Next Horizon of Technology Assessment.


★ Schmidt M, Pei L. 2015. Improving Biocontainment with Synthetic Biology: Beyond Physical Containment. In: Timmis, KN., Nogales B, McGenity TJ. Handbook of Hydrocarbon and Lipid Microbiology


★ Schmidt M. 2014. Laboratorium: Kunst und Naturwissenschaften. Dokumentationsband des Jahresthemas 2011/12  „ArteFakte. Wissen ist Kunst – Kunst ist Wissen“ der Berlin-Brandenburgischen Akademie der Wissenschaften


★ Schmidt M, Meinhart C, Radchuk O. 2014. A serious game for public engagement in synthetic biology. In: Göbel, S., Wiemeyer, J. (Eds.) Games for training, Education, Health and Sports. Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Serious Games, GameDays 2014. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Springer International Publishing: Darmstadt, Germany


★ Schmidt M, Pei L, Kelle A, Wei W. 2014. Biohacking: Keeping Synthetic Biology Research Safe and Responsible Among Amateur Biologists. P31-42 in: Friesinger G, Herwig J (eds.) (2014) The Art of Reverse Engineering. Open-Dissect-Rebuild. Transcript Verlag, Bielefeld


★ Pei L. 2013. The Current Regulations and Opinions for Biosecurity of Synthetic Biology. In: “Future Biosecurity Challenges in Detection, Preemption, and Mitigation: The Nexus of Public Health, Law Enforcement, and National Security”. (e-book, p55)


★ Schmidt M. 2013. Safeguarding the Genetic Firewall with Xenobiology. In: ISGP. 2013. 21st Century Borders/Synthetic Biology: Focus on Responsibility and Governance.


★ Schmidt M, 2013. Inszenierung der Synthetischen Biologie in Wissenschaft, Medien, Film und Kunst. p 33-50 in:  Tagungsdokumentation: Werkstatt Leben Bedeutung der Synthetischen Biologie für Wissenschaft und Gesellschaft. Hamburg. Deutscher Ethikrat


★ Torgersen H, Schmidt M. 2012. Perspektiven der Kommunikation für die Synthetische Biologie. Weitze, M-D, Pühler A, Heckl W.M., Müller-Röber B, Renn O, Weingart P. Wess G. (Hrsg.) 2012. Biotechnologie-Kommunikation. Kontroversen, Analysen, Aktivitäten (acatech) DISKUSSION), Heidelberg u.a.: Springer Verlag

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★ Schmidt M. (ed.) 2012. Synthetic Biology: Industrial and Environmental Applications. Wiley-VCH


★ Schmidt M. 2012. Xenobiologie: Neues Leben mit integrierter Biosicherheit.

In: Boldt J, Müller O, Maio G. 2012. Leben schaffen?Philosophische und ethische Reflexionen zur Synthetischen Biologie. Mentis, Paderborn


★ Cserer A, Seiringer A, Schmidt M. 2011. Darstellungen der Synthetischen Biologie. p369-386.

In : Dabrock P, Bölker M, Braun M, Ried J (Hg.) (2011), Was ist Leben – im Zeitalter seiner technischen Machbarkeit? Beiträge zur Ethik der Synthetischen Biologie. Freiburg, Alber

★ Schmidt M. 2011. Biosicherheit und Synthetische Biologie.

Kapitel 11 in: Pühler A. Müller-Röber B, Weitze MD (Hrsg.). Synthetische Biologie. Acatech Diskussion


★ Schmidt M, Dando M, Deplazes A. 2011. Dealing with the outer reaches of synthetic biology. Biosafety, biosecurity, IPR and ethical challenges of chemical synthetic biology.

In: Luisi PL (Ed) 2011. Chemical Synthetic Biology. Wiley Publishing


★ Schmidt M. 2018. Auf dem Weg zu einer neuartigen Impfung gegen Mykoplasmen.


★ Schmidt M. 2018. From Synthetic Genomes to Designer Vaccines. 


★ Schmidt M. 2018. Synthetic vaccines. Nature Biotechnology – Bioentrepreneur – Trade Secrets


★ Schmidt M. 2017. The Gene Editing BazaarNature Biotechnology – Bioentrepreneur – Trade Secrets


★ Schmidt M. 2016. Can RRI help to overcome ethical issues in new and emerging (bio)technologies? RRI Tools Blog. 


★ deLorenzo V. and Schmidt M. 2015. The Power Game: Setting standards for synthetic biology.

Nature Biotechnology – Bioentrepreneur – Trade Secrets


★ Radchuk O. and Schmidt M. 2015. Synthetic biology gets inspiration from the sea


★ Schmidt M. 2015. Unlocking Marine Biotechnology.

Nature Biotechnology – Bioentrepreneur – Trade Secrets


★ Radchuk O. and Schmidt M. 2015. Standards in Synthetic Biology Workshop.


★ Torgersen H. and Schmidt M. 2013. Sag, wie ist die Synthetische Biologie? Die Macht von Vergleichen für das Image einer Technologie.


★ Schmidt M. 2012. Forskere vil opbygge nye genetiske meta-koder. (in Danish)


★ Schmidt M and Fuchs S, 2012. Obsolescence and synthetic biology. Sustainable to evolvable.

Arup Thoughts Blog


★ Schmidt M, 2012. The Green Gold Rush.

Nature Biotechnology – Bioentrepreneur – Trade Secrets

Other publications

★ Vermeire T. et al. 2015.  Final Opinion on Synthetic Biology II: Risk assessment methodologies and safety aspects.

Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR)


★ Vermeire T. et al. 2014. Final Opinion on Synthetic Biology: Definition.

Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR)


★ Schmidt M, Meinhart C, Radchuk O. 2014. Communicating synthetic biology via SYNMOD game.

ISAGA (International Simulation and Gaming Association) conference in Dornbirn, Austria. July 2014.


★ Radchuk O., Meinhart C, Schmidt M. 2014- A serious game for public engagement in synthetic biology.

GameDays 2014. Darmstadt, Germany. 1-4 April 2014.


★ Schmidt M, Meinhart C, Radchuk O. 2014. Bridging science and society: communicating synthetic biology.

Poster at the 2nd EMBO Conference on Visualizing Biological Data (VIZBI 2014). EMBL-Heidelberg in Germany. 5-7 March 2014


★ Kerbe W. 2013. What is life – in everyday discourse? 

Poster PA-135 at the SB 6.0 Conference, London, UK. 9-11 July, 2013


★ Radchuk O, Meinhart C, Schmidt M. 2013. Gamifying Synthetic Biology: the SYNMOD mobile game.

Poster PA-239 at the SB 6.0 Conference, London, UK. 9-11 July, 2013


★ Schmidt M, Pei L, Marliere P. 2013. Xenobiology and Biosafety: Challenges and Opportunities.

Poster PA-265 at the SB 6.0 Conference, London, UK. 9-11 July, 2013


★ Torgersen H, Schmidt M, 2013. Frames and comparators: the Case of Synthetic Biology.

Session 46: Practices of Risk and Technology Deliberation: Studying the Dynamics Connecting and Disconnecting Experts, Policy-Makers and Publics in Conflicts over Technology. 8th International Interpretive Policy Analysis Conference (IPA). Vienna, Austria. 3-5 July, 2013


★ Pei L. 2013. Xenobiology and biosafety: challenges and opportunities

16th conference of the European Biosafety Association (EBSA). 19 to 20 June 2013. Basel, Switzerland.


★ Schmidt M. 2012. Xenobiologie: Andere Lebensformen sind machbar.

(Editorial) BIOspektrum Vol.18(6): 567

★ Kerbe W, Schmidt M. 2012. Engineering Life? Synthetische Biologie und die Technisierung des Lebendigen.

Soziale Technik 2/2012.

★ Schmidt M, Torgersen H, Kuffner A., Bedstedt B, Gram S. 2012. World Wide Views on Biodiversity – Information Booklet.


★ Schmidt M, Hauser J. 2012. synth-ethic. Fahrenheit.  Año 10 N°54. 26. October 2012


★ Schmidt M, Torgersen H. 2012. Standardising Synthetic Biology: Contributing to the Bioeconomy?

Chapter 6 in: Making Perfect Life Bio-engineering (in) the 21st Century. Final Report European Governance Challenges in Bio-engineering Deliverable No.5 of the STOA Project “Making Perfect Life”Commissioned by STOA and carried out by ETAG

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★ Reardon S. 2011. Visions of Synthetic Biology (article about the synth-ethic exhibition based on interview with M. Schmidt)

Science Vol 333 (6047):1242-3

★ Hauser J and Schmidt M. 2011. Gallery Guide for the SYNTH-ETHIC exhibition in the Museum of Natural History in Vienna, May 14  – June 28, 2011.

★ Schmidt M and Hauser J. 2011. SYNTH-ETHIC: an art-science exhibition about synthetic biology. Poster Synthetic Biology 5.0. Conference. USA. 15-17 June 2011

★ Schmidt M. 2011. Synthetic biology: planning for a secure future. American Institute for the Biological Sciences.