Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Dr. h.c. Manfred Schartl
Head of Department
Biozentrum, Am Hubland
Manfred Schartl has studied Chemistry and Biology in Giessen, Germany. After obtaining his doctoral degree in Genetics he worked as scientific assistant in research laboratories in Germany and in the U.S. From 1985 on he was team leader of a research group at the Genetic Center of Max-Planck-Institute for Biochemistry in Martinsried. Since 1991 he has been Head of the Department of Physiological Chemistry at the Biocenter of the University of Wuerzburg. He is vice-chairman of the DFG research center for experimental medicine (Rudolf-Virchow-Zentrum). He was chairman and vice chairman of the Biocenter Wuerzburg between 1996 and 2007. Since 2001 he has been also Adjunct Professor for Experimental Cancer Research at the Institute for Anatomy and Cell Biology at the University of Bergen/Norway. From this University he was awarded an honorary doctoral degree in 2004. He is one of the founders of the study program of Biomedicine in Wuerzburg. He is in the Editorial Board of several international journals and acts as reviewer for several national and international funding organizations and scientific journals.
His main research interests are the molecular processes in organismic development and their malfunction in cancerogenesis. The major topic is understanding signal transduction and gene regulation in melanoma, using the Xiphophorus model system.