Bjoern Schwer

USA

Bjoern Schwer

USA

Biography

Dr. Schwer is an Assistant Professor in the UCSF Department of Neurological Surgery. He is also a core faculty member of the Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regeneration Medicine and Stem Cell Research, Principal Investigator at the UCSF Brain Tumor Center, and Associate Member of the Programs in Neurologic Oncology and Cancer Genetics, UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Schwer is a faculty member of the Tetrad and Developmental & Stem Cell Biology graduate programs in the UCSF Program in Biological Sciences (PIBS) and the UCSF Biomedical Sciences graduate program (BMS). He received his medical degree and doctorate summa cum laude from the University of Heidelberg. In 2010 he joined the faculty of Harvard Medical School as an Instructor and was promoted to Assistant Professor in 2014. He was recruited to UCSF in 2016. Recent awards include a Martin D. Abeloff V Scholar Award from The V Foundation for Cancer Research, and a Kimmel Scholar Award from the Sidney Kimmel Foundation. Dr. Schwer’s laboratory investigates the biology of chromosomal DNA double-strand break formation and repair in neural cells in the contexts of neurodevelopment, neural functioning, and disease. A major focus is the elucidation of causes of medulloblastoma and other brain cancers. His laboratory is also developing stem cell-based organogenesis approaches for neurobiological studies.