Symposium in memoriam Prof. Dr. Heinz Schaller
Posted April 06 2011
April 15th, 2011 from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm, Kommunikationszentrum, German Cancer Research Center


With this symposium, we want to remember our colleague and friend Heinz Schaller who passed away on April 10th, 2010, and honor his achievements and his impact on biomedical science as a whole and on individual scientists.

Heinz Schaller was one of the founding fathers of molecular biology in Germany. Trained as a chemist, he soon ventured into the developing field of molecular biology, starting in the 1960s as postdoc with G. Khorana in Madison, Wisconsin. From there, he moved to Tübingen, where he studied the molecular biology of bacteria and bacteriophages. In 1973, he was appointed professor for microbiology at Heidelberg University, which became his scientific home. His scientific interest then turned to animal viruses, in particular hepatitis B virus and foot and mouth disease virus. Together with his Biogen colleagues, he contributed major breakthroughs to this field, including the first sequence of the HBV genome and the development of the hepatitis B vaccine.

Heinz Schaller was not only an eminent scientist but also a great innovator. He was instrumental in the development of the ZMBH and he was one of the founders of the successful biotech company Biogen. Together with his wife Chica, he established the C.H.S. Foundation, generously supporting young scientists on their way to early independence.

We remember Heinz Schaller as a dedicated researcher, an inspiring teacher and mentor and as a good friend.


Prof. Dr. Bernhard Dobberstein
Prof. Dr. Hans-Georg Kräusslich

April 15th, 2011 from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm
Lecture Hall H1, Kommunikationszentrum German Cancer Research Center
Im Neuenheimer Feld 280
69120 Heidelberg

Ralf Bartenschlager, University of Heidelberg
Rohini Kuner, University of Heidelberg
Kai Matuschewski, MPI for Infection Biology, Berlin
Michael Nassal, University of Freiburg
Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard,MPI for Developmental Biology, Tübingen
Peter Seeburg, MPI for Med. Research, Heidelberg
Stephan Urban, University of Heidelberg

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