Professor Schuster is an internist and medical geneticist. He completed his training at the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich. From 1984 to 1993, he worked at the University of London´s Charing Cross Research Center. Later thereafter, Schuster was an assistant physician and subsequently, a senior physician at the Medical Polyclinic, University of Munich. From 1994 to 2003, he headed the Genetics of Cardiovascular Diseases Division, a research group at the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC). At the same time, Schuster was appointed as senior physician at the Polyclinic of the Franz-Volhard Clinic for cardiovascular disease in Berlin-Buch. In 1997, Schuster was appointed to the rank of Professor of Medicine at the Humboldt University in Berlin. As a member of numerous national and international professional societies, Professor Schuster is actively involved in scientific developments occurring in his field.
His scientific work and current activities address the early detection and prevention of cardiovascular diseases, the commonest cause of death world-wide. Thus, he focuses on risk factors such as metabolic disorders, hypertension, chronic inflammatory diseases, and musculoskeletal disorders. He is equally abreast of advances in genomic technologies as well as life-style interventions.
Professor Schuster founded the Infogen Institute for Health Research and Health Management, a spin-off enterprise from the MDC in 2004. In addition, he conducts a busy private practice, where prevention is a particular focus. In addition to numerous scientific awards, Prof. Schuster received the Kienbaum Service Award in 2001 for the development of new approaches in preventive medicine.