Erasmus Schneider

Erasmus Schneider, PhD

New mechanisms of multi-drug resistance in cancer cells; cooperation between drug metabolism and drug transport.

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Erasmus Schneider, PhD
Associate Professor

School of Public Health
Department: Biomedical Sciences

Associate Director for Research and Technology, Wadsworth Center



PhD, University of Bern, Switzerland
Postdoctoral training: University of Auckland
Postdoctoral training: Johns Hopkins University Medical School
Postdoctoral training: National Cancer Institute

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Research Interests

Dr. Erasmus Schneider joined the Wadsworth Center in 1995 as a research scientist when he established an externally funded research program to investigate multidrug resistance of cancer cells. This research resulted in numerous peer-reviewed publications and presentations at major conferences. Over the years he has continued to work in the area of cancer cell drug resistance, expanding into drugs targeting the folate pathway and DNA precursor synthesis. He was a grant reviewer for the American Cancer Society and currently is a member of its Council for Extramural Research.

From 2007 to 2013 Dr. Schneider was the director of the Center’s Division of Translational Medicine, and in 2013 assumed his current role as the Center’s Associate Director for Research and Technology. In that role he is, among other things, overseeing the Center’s scientific core facilities and internal research funding programs.

Dr. Schneider is also the section head for Oncology in the Clinical Laboratory Reference System. In that position he is responsible for the review of laboratory developed tests submitted by NYS permitted laboratories in the area of Oncology, and for conducting proficiency testing for serum tumor markers, human papilloma virus, molecular oncology and fetal defect markers. He is particularly interested in the technical and quality control challenges posed by the advanced molecular techniques used for the diagnosis, prognosis and prediction of therapeutic response of cancer.