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Matthias Schnell

Professor and Chair, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College

Matthias J. Schnell, PhD, is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, PA, USA.  He is also the Director of the Jefferson Vaccine Center.  Dr. Schnell earned his BS, MS in Biology from the University of Stuttgart-Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany and he received a Doctorate in Molecular Virology and Biochemistry from the University of Stuttgart-Hohenheim & Federal Research Center for Virus Diseases of Animals, Tuebingen, Germany in 1994.  Dr. Schnell performed post-doctoral fellowships with Dr. K.-K. Conzelmann at the Federal Research Centre for Virus Diseases of Animals in Tuebingen, Germany.  He then took by second postdoctoral fellowship with Dr. John. K. Rose in the Department of Pathology at Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, CT, where he worked on immunological studies in HIV and other viruses. Dr. Schnell is a leader in vaccine development and viral pathogenesis.  He has pioneered the use of Rhabdoviral based vectors as vaccines for viral pathogens, including Ebola, Marburg, Lassa fever, and Zika viruses. Dr. Schnell has also led studies to understand the biochemistry, molecular biology and immunology of rabies virus and its interaction with the infected host. The molecular mechanism of rabies virus pathogenesis is not well understood and our research analyses the different functions the rhabdoviral proteins (e.g. rabies virus) and their interaction with cellular host proteins. 

Dr. Schnell has published more than 103 papers and book chapters on infectious disease and vaccine development. He has been an invited speaker at more than 50 national and international conferences and participates in several vaccine working groups, including at the U.S. NIH, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Department of Defense. He is an editorial board member of 10 different scientific journals. In addition, he has been an ad-hoc reviewer on NIH study sections and a reviewer for 24 different journals.


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United States