Stefan Schuster

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Stefan Schuster

Stefan Schuster (born 7 November 1961 in Meissen) is a German biophysicist. He is Professor for Bioinformatics at Friedrich Schiller University, Jena.


Stefan Schuster studied biophysics at the Humboldt University Berlin and wrote his PhD thesis under the supervision of Prof. Reinhart Heinrich at the Department of Theoretical Biophysics at Humboldt University, Berlin (Title: "Theoretical studies on the interrelation between time hierarchy in enzymatic reaction systems and optimization principles"). In 2003 he got a professorship at the department of bioinformatics at the Friedrich Schiller University, Jena.[1]

Stefan Schuster is one of the spokesmen of the Jena Centre for Bioinformatics (JCB). He is involved in a variety of research projects, most of which most of them are research initiatives funded by the German ministry of research and education (BMBF). These include the virtual liver network "[1]", and the gerontosys initiative on systems biology of aging "GerontoSys" ("Gerontoshield" und "JenAge").

Stefan Schuster is currently editor of "BioSystems".

His younger brother is the stage director Robert Schuster.

Research topic Stefan Schuster is involved in include:

Stefan Schuster has significantly contributed to the development of elementary mode analysis.[5][6][7][8][9]

Scientific CV:

Sept 1991 -- Nov 1992: Post-Doc Université Bordeaux II, Professor Jean-Pierre Mazat
Dec 1992 -- March 1993: Post-Doc Netherlands Cancer Institute, Dr. Hans Westerhoff
Mai 1993 -- April 1997: Post-Doc Biophysics, Humboldt-Universität Berlin, Reinhart Heinrich
Since 1996: Lecturer (Privatdozent) Theoretical Biophysics
August bis October 1997: Visiting Scientist, University of Maribor (Slovenia), Dept. of Physics, Prof. Milan Brumen
May 1997 bis April 2003: Junior research group leader at the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine Berlin-Buch
August 1998 bis April 2003: Heisenberg fellow
Since 2003: Professor for Bioinformatics at Friedrich Schiller University, Jena


Research articles from the group of Prof. Schuster at the Department of Bioinformatics in Jena can be found at:
List of publications



  1. ^ Lehrstuhl für Bioinformatik
  2. ^ Pfeiffer S, Schuster S: Game-theoretical approaches to studying the evolution of biochemical systems. In: Trends Biochem. Sci. 30 (2005) 20-25.
  3. ^ Schuster S, Marhl M, Höfer T: Modelling of simple and complex calcium oscillations. From single-cell responses to intercellular signalling (Review). In: Eur. J. Biochem. 269 (2002) 1333-1355.
  4. ^ Bodenstein C, Heiland I, Schuster S: Temperature compensation and entrainment in circadian rhythms. In: Physical Biology 9 (2012) 036011.
  5. ^ Schuster S, Hilgetag C.: On Elementary Flux Modes in Biochemical Reaction Systems at Steady State. In: Journal of Biological Systems 2 (1994) S. 165-182.
  6. ^ Schuster S, Hilgetag C, Fell DA.: Detecting Elementary Modes of Functioning in Metabolic Networks. In: What is Controlling Life? (eds. E. Gnaiger, F.N. Gellerich, M. Wyss), Innsbruck University Press, Innsbruck 1994, 103-105.
  7. ^ Schuster S, Hilgetag C, Schuster R.: Determining Elementary Modes of Functioning in Biochemical Reaction Networks at Steady State. In: Biomedical and Life Physics (eds. D.N. Ghista), Vieweg, Wiesbaden 1996, 101-114.
  8. ^ Schuster S, Hilgetag C, Woods JH, Fell DA.: Elementary Modes of Functioning in Biochemical Networks. In: Computation in Cellular and Molecular Biological Systems (eds. R. Cuthbertson, M. Holcombe, R. Paton), World Scientific, Singapore 1996, 151-165.
  9. ^ Schuster S, Dandekar T, Fell DA.: Detection of elementary flux modes in biochemical networks: a promising tool for pathway analysis and metabolic engineering. In: Trends Biotechnol 17 (1999) 53-60. PMID 10087604