Simon Scheuring


Simon Scheuring is Professor of Physiology and Biophysics in Anesthesiology at Weill Cornell Medicine, New York, USA. He is a trained biologist from the Biozentrum at the University of Basel, Switzerland (1992−1996). During his Ph.D. (1997−2001) in the laboratory of Andreas Engel, he learned electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy, and got interested in membrane proteins. During this period, he worked on the structure determination of aquaporins and sugar transporters. During his postdoc (2001−2004) and research assistant (2004−2007) at the institut national de la santé et de la recherche médicale (INSERM) and the Institut Curie in Paris, France, in the laboratory of Jean-Louis Rigaud, he learned membrane physical chemistry and developed atomic force microscopy for the study of native membranes. As junior research director (2007−2012), he set up his lab at the Institut Curie in Paris, France. Next, he built a larger independendent laboratory at INSERM/Aix-Marseille Université (2012) in Marseille, France, where he was promoted to senior research director (2012-2016). He then moved to Weill Cornell Medicine, New York, USA (2017), where he got appointed as Professor of Physiology and Biophysics in Anesthesiology. Simon Scheuring has been awarded an INSERM Avenir (2005), the médaille de la Ville de Paris (2007), a European Research Council (ERC) consolidator grant (2012), the grand prix Robert Debré (2013), and the NIH director’s pioneer award (2019). His objective is to head a dynamic research team with members from different scientific fields ranging from biology to physics and engineering to develop and use atomic force microscopy based technologies to provide novel insights into the processes taking place in biological membranes.