Michael Schmidt


College / University

Friedrich Schiller University, Jena
McGill University, Montréal

Highest Degree


Major Subjects

Biochemistry, Molecular Biology




Lab Experience

DNA cloning and sequencing, protein expression and purification; EMSA, CD-spectroscopy; cell culture, chromosome preparation and analysis, FISH (Friedrich Schiller University)
Development of applications for experimental instruments (Analytik Jena AG)
PCR-based mutagenesis, cloning and yeast transformation (McGill University)

Projects / Research

2001 – 2002: Mutational analysis of 14-3-3 proteins at a putative DNA cruciform binding site; McGill Cancer Centre and Dept. of Biochemistry, McGill University, Supervisors: Prof. Gerald B Price, Prof. Maria Zannis-Hadjopoulos

Scholarships / Awards

2002 – 2003: Stipend International Max Planck Research School
2002 – 2003: Bayer AG Stipend


I am very interested in the molecular processes that determine the biological functions or dysfunctions of living organisms and especially humans. It is fascinating to get involved in research discovering the molecular reasons for human diseases. Still a lot of basic research to understand the mechanisms involved in their development has to be done as well as strategies to cure these diseases have to be developed. There is no specific field I would like to do research in, but for now I am interested in cancer research and immunology.