The ability to insert desirable genes into animal or human cells is the basis of modern life science research and of widespread biomedical applications. The methods used to date for this purpose are mostly non-specific, making it difficult for scientists to control which cell will or will n ... 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.