Wolfgang A. Schulz, PhD

Department of Urology, University Hospital and Medical Faculty of the Heinrich-Heine University Düsseldorf, Universitätsstr, Germany

Professor Wolfgang A. Schulz has been head of the research lab of the Department of Urology at the Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, Germany, since 2001. He graduated in biochemistry and received his PhD at the University of Tübingen in 1985. Following postdoctoral training in cancer research at the University of Pittsburgh, PA, (Dept. of Pathology) and the University of Ulm, Germany (Dept. of Clinical Genetics), he joined the HHU as research group leader in the Dept. of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, from where collaborations on urological cancers ultimately lead to his present position. Research in his lab addresses biological consequences and translational applications of epigenetic alterations in urological cancers, dealing especially with aberrant DNA methylation in prostate cancer and altered histone modifications in bladder cancer. The group maintains a special interest in altered methylation and expression of endogenous retroelements in cancer. Grant support for these studies was provided, among others, by the German Research Foundation and the German Cancer Aid. Based on his long experience in translational research, Prof. Schulz strongly feels that teaching molecular oncology to medical students and practitioners as well as natural science students is a crucial factor in advancing translational cancer research. He has therefore written a textbook to the purpose and currently organizes the education program of the graduate school "Düsseldorf School of Oncology".