The surface of B cells is covered with antigen receptors with which they recognize invading pathogens such as bacteria and viruses. When a B cell receptor binds to an antigen, that is, to a foreign structure, the B cell is activated and triggers the production of antibodies. Antibodies are ... more
Dr. Stefan Schiller
Stefan M. Schiller studied chemistry at Gießen (Mainz, Germany) and the University of Massachusetts, majoring in macromolecular chemistry and biochemistry. For his doctorate in biomimetic membrane systems he worked till 2003 at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research in Mainz. Research positions in Israel and the USA (Stanford & IBM Research Center Almaden, San Jose) then followed. During a postdoc position at the Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla (USA), he completed research in the field of chemical and synthetic biology. He has been a principal investigator at the University of Freiburg since 2008, first as a Junior Fellow at the Freiburg Institute of Advanced Studies (FRIAS) and then (since 2014) with his own lab at the Center for Biological Systems Analysis. In 2014, he received the BMBF „Next Generation of Biotechnological Methods“ research prize for his work on universal modular production organisms. His research focuses on the development of complex, functional molecular systems and architectures for both in vivo and in vitro applications, achieved by combining chemical and biological methods in conjunction with nano-/biotechnology.