Walter Schaffner#

Walter Schaffner
Membership Number:1004
Membership type:ORDINARY
Main Country of Residence:SWITZERLAND

Present and Previous Positions

  • 1999-2007 Director, Institute of Molecular Biology (I & II) (1999 - 2007)
  • 1987 Full Professor and Director, Institute of Molecular Biology II
  • 1983 Associate Professor at Institute of Molecular Biology II
  • 1979 Assistant Professor at Institute of Molecular Biology II
  • 1977-1978 Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, New York
  • 1976 Group leader with Prof. Max L. Birnstiel, Institute of Molecular Biology II, University of Zürich Postdoctoral stay with Frederick Sanger, MRC Cambridge
  • 1976 Ph.D. thesis in Molecular Biology with Charles Weissmann, Institute of Molecular Biology I, University of Zürich

Fields of Scholarship
  • Mechanisms and Factors of Transcription

Honours and Awards
  • Federation of European Biochemical Societies (FEBS) Prize for Young Scientist (1984)
  • Election to Member of the European Molecular Biology Organization EMBO (1984)
  • Election to FEBS Lecturer (1985)
  • Cloëtta Prize (1986)
  • Dr.h.c. of the Medical Faculty of the University of Uppsala, Sweden (1987)
  • Louis Jeantet Prize of Medicine (1989)
  • Election to Academia Europaea (1990)
  • Carus Medal of the German Society of Natural Sciences Leopoldina (1999) and Carus Prize of the City of Schweinfurt (2000)
  • Elected Member of the Research Council of the Swiss National Science Foundation (2002)

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