The Paul Ehrlich Award for Experimental Research is awarded to Professor Reto Crameri. After completing his bachelor’s, master’s and PhD degrees in 1981 at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zürich, Reto Crameri moved to BiogenSA, Geneva, as senior scientist in molecular biology, where he stayed until 1986. Afterwards he worked at the Paul Scherrer Institute as principal investigator responsible for monitoring the natural radiation exposure of the Swiss population.
Since 1990 Reto Crameri has been head of the molecular allergology department at the Swiss Institute of Allergy and Asthma Research (SIAF) in Davos. His research interests have always been the development of novel molecular cloning systems based on phage surface display technologies, the production and structural characterisation of allergens, the development of novel vaccines and vaccination strategies aimed at curing allergic diseases, as well as studies on the basic mechanisms regulating IgE production.
Reto Crameri has been involved in the task forces and networks of several EU projects including GA2LEN. He is a founding member of the Academia Raetica and the Graduate School Graubünden, and has supervised dozens of PhD students. Author of over 200 scientific publications himself, he serves as deputy editor of Mycoses and is an associate editor of Allergy.