Honorary doctorate degree of the University of Heidelberg

On November 30, 2015, Melitta Schachner, one of the world’s leading neuroscientists, received the prestigious honorary doctorate degree from the University of Heidelberg.

Schachner was the first chair of Heidelberg’s Department of Neurobiology from 1976 to 1988 and led the development of a center for neuroscience at Heidelberg. From 1988 she established a center for the study of neurobiology at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich.

She was director of the ZMNH Institute for Neural Structures from 1995 to 2011 and is now head of the emeritus group Biosynthesis of Neural Structures, advisor for the Neuroscience Center at the Li Ka-Shing University Shantou, China and a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, USA,

A member of the prestigious German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, Schachner has focused her research on the cellular and molecular mechanisms that underlie development, maintenance, and modifications of the adult central nervous system. She has authored more than 800 articles in peer reviewed journals, her h-index was 118 in November 2015.

Press release of Universität Heidelberg (in German)

Press release of the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf (in German, pdf)

Open position

PhD student

We are looking for highly motivated young researchers with interest in neurobiology, molecular biology, cell biology, morphology and/or biochemistry.

Our group is focused on the questions how cell recognition molecules and their glycan moieties at the cell surface and in the extracellular matrix shape the nervous system in ontogenesis and synaptic activity/plasticity and how and to which extent these features are recapitulated in regeneration of the adult peripheral and central nervous systems after acute or chronic injuries. We combine biochemical methods, cell culture approaches and immunocytochemistry with histology, and immunohistochemistry using mouse lines as well as mouse models for human diseases.
The offered position is part of ongoing projects regarding the role of recognition molecules in regulating apoptosis, mitochondrial dynamics and metabolism, peroxisomal functioning and nuclear functions, such as transcription and pre-RNA splicing.

The Center for Molecular Neurobiology offers an excellent scientific working environment and cutting-edge infrastructure.

Please send your application (preferably by e-mail) to:

Melitta Schachner Camartin
Center for Molecular Neurobiology Hamburg (ZMNH)
University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE)
Falkenried 94
20251 Hamburg

Email: Schachner@biology.rutgers.edu

The University of Hamburg seeks to increase the number of female scientists and encourages them to apply. Disabled people with equal qualifications are preferred.