Hermann Schätzl

Professor and Associate Dean, Research

Comparative Biology and Experimenal Medicine, Veterinary Medicine

Full Member

Snyder Institute for Chronic Diseases

M.D.; Dr. med./Ph.D

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Mary Anderson

Lab Manager
Su Shim 

Research and teaching


Our work over the past 28 years focused on the cellular and molecular biology of prion diseases. Prion diseases are fatal infectious neurodegenerative disorders of man and animals, and their manifestation can be sporadic, genetic, or acquired by infection. Examples are BSE in cattle, scrapie in sheep, chronic wasting disease (CWD) in deer and elk, and CJD in humans. These diseases have the potential to transmit within or between species, resulting in endemic and epidemic scenarios. Our overall objective is to study the molecular biology of prion infections and to use gained understanding for delineating novel targets for intervention.




1991            Thesis Award 'summa cum laude', University of Munich, Germany

1992            'Henry Kaplan Award', Modern Trends in Human Leukemia X, Wilsede, Germany

1995            Stipend Ciba Foundation, London, U.K.

1996            Stipend 2nd Annual German American Frontiers of Science Symposium, U.S.A.

1997            1st Prize for scientific presentation Research Festival Munich, Germany

2008            Japanese Health Science Foundation Award; keynote speaker 'Prion 2008 Japan'

2012            WWAMI Lecture (elected) for 2011-2012 Science of Medicine Lecture series (UoWash)

2019            Outstanding Achievement in Graduate Supervision, Teaching award of Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (one per year)