Persönlicher Status und Werkzeuge

Prof. Dr. Benjamin Schusser

Assistant Professor

Reproductive Biotechnology

Contact Details

Business card at TUMonline

Academic Career and Research Areas

Benjamin Schusser (b. 1980) conducts research on the immune system of chickens. His work is concerned with creating genetically engineered chickens to study the immune system of chickens. This research focuses on the development of the adaptive immune system and on the function of the immune system within the context of infectious diseases.
Schusser studied veterinary medicine at LMU Munich. He subsequently earned his doctoral degree at the Institute of Animal Physiology of LMU Munich. With the support of the German Research Foundation (DFG), Schusser spent several years at UC Davis, USA, and with Crystal Bioscience, a California-based company. After returning to Germany, Schusser set up a junior research group at the Institute of Animal Physiology of LMU Munich supported by the Emmy Noether Program of the German Research Foundation (DFG). In 2015 he accepted an appointment at TUM.


  • Emmy Noether Junior Research Group, German Research Foundation (DFG) (2014)

Key Publications (all publications)

Leighton PA, Schusser B, Yi H, Glanville J, Harriman W: „A Diverse Repertoire of Human Immunoglobulin Variable Genes in a Chicken B Cell Line is Generated by Both Gene Conversion and Somatic Hypermutation”. Front Immunol. 2015; 6; 126. doi:10.3389/fimmu.2015.00126.


Schusser B, Collarini EJ, Yi H, Izquierdo SM, Fesler J, Pedersen D, Klasing KC, Kaspers B, Harriman WD, van de Lavoir MC, Etches RJ, Leighton PA: “Immunoglobulin knockout chickens via efficient homologous recombination in primordial germ cells”. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 2013; 110(50): 20170-20175.


Schusser B, Y, H, Collarini E J, Izquierdo S M, Harriman WD, Etches RJ, Leighton PA: “Harnessing gene conversion in chicken B cells to create a human antibody sequence repertoire”. PloS one. 2013: 8(11); e80108.


Schusser B, Reuter A, von der Malsburg A, Penski N, Weigend S, Kaspers B, Staeheli P, Haertle S: „Mx is dispensable for interferon-mediated resistance of chicken cells against influenza A virus”. Journal of virology. 2011; 85(16): 8307-8315.


Penski N, Hartle S, Rubbenstroth D, Krohmann C, Ruggli N, Schusser B, Pfann M, Reuter A, Gohrbandt S, Hundt J, Veits J, Breithaupt A, Kochs G, Stech J, Summerfield A, Vahlenlamp T, Kaspers B, Staeheli P: “Highly pathogenic avian influenza viruses do not inhibit interferon synthesis in infected chickens but can override the interferon-induced antiviral state”. Journal of virology. 2011; 85(15): 7730-7741.