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.
- 1st place: Digital Innovations Competition for Business Start-Ups (2018)
- 2nd place: EIT Global Food Ventures (2018)
- 1st place: TUM Ideaward (2018)
- Emmy Noether Junior Research Group, German Research Foundation (DFG) (2014)
Key Publications (all publications)
Bertzbach LD, Laparidou M, Hartle S, Etches RJ, Kaspers B, Schusser B, Kaufer BB: "Unraveling the role of B cells in the pathogenesis of an oncogenic avian herpesvirus". Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 2018; 115(45): 11603-11607.Abstract
Rohde F, Schusser B, Hron T, Farkasova H, Plachy J, Hartle S, Hejnar J, Elleder D, Kaspers B: "Characterization of Chicken Tumor Necrosis Factor-alpha, a Long Missed Cytokine in Birds". Frontiers in Immunology. 2018; 9: 605.Abstract
Schusser B, Collarini EJ, Pedersen D, Yi H, Ching K, Izquierdo S, Thoma T, Lettmann S, Kaspers B, Etches RJ, van de Lavoir MC, Harriman W, Leighton PA: "Expression of heavy chain-only antibodies can support B-cell development in light chain knockout chickens". European Journal of Immunology. 2016; 46(9): 2137-2148.Abstract
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.Abstract
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.Abstract