Professor Stephan Urban

Professor Stephan Urban is Head of the Translational Virology Unit at the Department of Infectious Diseases, Molecular Virology at Heidelberg University. He is also Professor at the Faculty for Biosciences at the University of Heidelberg and Project Coordinator in the DZIF TTU Hepatitis. He completed a Diploma in Biochemistry at the University of Tübingen in 1991 and was awarded a Ph.D. in 1995 under Prof. Dr. P.H. Max-Planck-Institut für Biochemie, Martinsried and undertook Postdoctoral research at the Centre for Molecular Biology (ZMBH), Heidelberg University with Prof. Dr. H. Schaller.

Between 2008 and 2012 he was Project coordinator of the BMBF-network "Innovative Therapies” and from 2011 Project coordinator in the DZIF TTU hepatitis.

Professor Urban’s research interests include Molecular mechanisms of Hepatitis B- and Hepatitis D Virus/host interactions with a focus on the early and late events of viral infection; Identification of hepadnaviral receptors and structural analyses of virus receptor interactions; Development of novel cell culture systems and animal models for HBV and HDV; Clinical development of entry inhibitors for HBV and HDV infection; Development of hepatotropic drugs for the therapy of liver diseases.

Between 2008 and 2014 Professor Urban has published in numerous peer reviewed journals on Hepatitis B, C and D. He is the recipient of the Pettenkofer Price of the Pettenkofer Foundation, Fellowship of the Heinz Schaller and Chica Foundations and Study Foundation of the German People Awards.