Simon Scheuring is a trained biologist from the Biozentrum at the University of Basel, Switzerland (1992-1996). During his PhD in the laboratory of Andreas Engel (1997-2001), 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 in collaboration with Peter Agre. During his postdoc at the Institut Curie in Paris, France, in the laboratory of Jean-Louis Rigaud (2001-2004), he learned membrane physical chemistry and developed atomic force microscopy for the study of native membranes. As a permanent researcher (2004-2007) and junior research director (2007-2012) he started to set up his lab at the Institut Curie in Paris, France. He then moved to Marseille (2012-2016) where he built a larger independent laboratory named “Bio-AFM-Lab” administrated by INSERM and Université Aix-Marseille. He got promoted senior research director of INSERM (2012). For January 2017, Simon Scheuring moved to Weill Cornell Medicine (WCM) in Manhattan, New York, USA (2017), where he accepted a Professor position and opened a new laboratory focusing on the development and application of atomic force microscopy based technologies for the study of membrane phenomena such as the structure, assembly, dynamics and conformational changes of channels, transporters, receptors and membrane remodeling proteins. His objective is to head a dynamic young research team with members from different scientific fields ranging from biology, physics and engineering to develop and use the atomic force microscopy to provide novel insights into the processes taking place in biological membranes.
Simon Scheuring obtained about 25 grants, published about 123 papers (85 scientific articles, 26 reviews, 12 didactic writings), and is co-inventor of 4 AFM-based patents. In his career he was invited to speak at about 200 conferences and seminars at renowned institutions and was organizer of several international conferences. He has trained (or still trains) 8 PhD students and 25 postdocs. Simon Scheuring has been awarded an INSERM Avenir grant (2005), the “Médaille de la Ville de Paris” (2007), an European Research Council (ERC) grant (2012). In 2013 he received the ‘Grand Prix Robert Debré à orientation fondamentale’.