Team member CV

Florian I Schmidt, PhD

Principal Investigator

Florian Schmidt Lab

+49 228 28751124

Bio Summary

Florian I. Schmidt studied Biochemistry at TU Munich and obtained his PhD at ETH Zurich, studying host cell entry of poxviruses. He received post-doctoral training at the Whitehead Institute/MIT, where he employed the nanobody technology to obtain mechanistic insights into inflammasome assembly and infection biology. In 2017, he returned to Germany to start his own research group in Bonn, funded by the Emmy Noether program of the DFG. Florian is a member of the Cluster of Excellence ‚Immunosensation2‘ at the University of Bonn, and has co-founded DiosCURE Therapeutics to bring neutralizing SARS-CoV-2 nanobodies into the clinic.


When he finds a good excuse, Florian still likes to swing the pipette himself, and in his other free time is interested in music, history, and genealogy.

Curriculum Vitae


Born on November 25th, 1981 in Bonn, Germany

Academic appointments

2022 - date
Full Professor (W2) for Immunology of Infections, Institute of Innate Immunity, Medical Faculty, University of Bonn
2017 – 2022
Emmy Noether group leader at the Institute of Innate Immunity

Education, Positions

2013 – 2016
Postdoctoral Fellow, Ploegh Laboratory, Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research / MIT, Cambridge, MA, USA
2007 – 2013
PhD Student and Postdoctoral Fellow, Helenius Laboratory, Institute of Biochemistry, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
2003 – 2007
Bachelor and Master of Science in Biochemistry, TU Munich, Germany, with research stays at Rockefeller University, New York, USA; University of Oxford, UK; and the Salk Institute, San Diego, CA, USA

Prizes, Awards

2019                Fellow of the Klaus Tschira Boost Fund
2017                Research Award 2017 of the Peter and Traudl Engelhorn Foundation
2016                Emmy Noether grant by German Research Foundation (DFG)
2015                Whitehead Spirit Award
2013 - 2016       Early and Advanced Postdoc.Mobility Fellowship of Swiss National Science Foundation
2008−2010      PhD Fellowship of the Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds
2008                Jürgen Manchot Study Award, TU Munich
2002 - 2007       Scholarships of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD),  ‘German National Merit Foundation’ (Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes), ‘Bayer Studienstiftung', and “Fonds der Chemischen Industrie”.

Conference organization

1st Bonn Nanobody Symposium
Bonn, 2019

Academic laboratory addresses

Institute of Innate Immunity, Biomedical Center I (Building 13), Room EG205
University of Bonn, University Hospitals, Campus Venusberg 1, 53127 Bonn, Germany

Mail address: SiriusBusiness Park Bonn Endenich, Siemensstraße 10, 53121 Bonn, Germany

Roles in spin-out companies

2020 – date
Co-Founder of DiosCURE SE
2018 – date
Consultant to IFM Therapeutics