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IRB elects new Member of the Board

on Monday, December 17, 2007

Walter Schaffner, former Director of the Insitute of Molecular Biology at the University of Zurich, has been elected to the IRB Foundation Board.

Photo Walter Schaffner

  • Born 26.10.1944 in Aarau, Switzerland
  • Diploma in Zoology with Ernst Hadorn, University of Zürich (1970)
  • Certificate of Molecular Biology SKMB (1974)
  • Ph.D. thesis in Molecular Biology with Charles Weissmann, Institute f. Molecular Biology I, U. Zürich; excellency award for thesis (1976)
  • Group leader with Prof. Max L. Birnstiel, Inst. f. Molecular Biology II, U. Zürich
  • Postdoctoral stay with Frederick Sanger, MRC Cambridge (1976)
  • Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, New York (1977/78)
  • Assistant Professor at Inst. f. Molecular Biology II (1979)
  • Associate Professor (1983)
  • Federation of European Biochemical Societies (FEBS) Prize for Young Scientist (1984)
  • Election to FEBS Lecturer (1985)
  • Cloëtta Prize (1986)
  • Full Professor and Director, Institute of Molecular Biology II (1987)
  • Dr.h.c. of the Medical Faculty of the University of Uppsala, Sweden (1987)
  • Louis Jeantet Prize of Medicine (1989) Fondation Louis-Jeantet
  • Academia Europaea (1990)
  • Director, Institute f. Molecular Biology (I & II) (1999 - 2007)
  • 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)
  • Member of "Faculty of 1000" Biology (2007)