Dr. Erwin Schurr’s Biosketch
Erwin Schurr is holding master degrees in Physical Chemistry and Molecular Parasitology. He obtained his Ph.D. from the Institute of Biophysics and Radiation Biology at the Albert-Ludwigs University in Freiburg/Br, Germany. He then did his postdoctoral studies in molecular genetics with E. Skamene and P. Gros at McGill University. In 1991, he joined the McGill Centre for the Study of Host Resistance and the Faculty of Medicine at McGill as Assistant Professor. He is a James McGill Professor of Human Genetics and Medicine at McGill University, and the leader of the program on Infectious Diseases and Immunity in Global Health at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre. He has been Associate Director of the McGill Centre for the Study of Host Resistance (2000-2012), a STIHR director (2001-2008), and he frequently adjudicates and evaluates international large scale networks and centres of infectious diseases. He is a member of the editorial advisory board of the Journal of Infectious Diseases and Chair of the Board of the Canadian Genetics and Genomics Society. His main research area is the identification of host genetic factors predisposing to mycobacterial disease; work that is supported by both national and international funding agencies. He has published extensively on the identification of genetic host susceptibility factors in both leprosy and tuberculosis. His present research focuses on the genetic control of inflammatory disorders and the role of microbial triggers employing system based approaches.