Johannes Schittny is associate professor at the Institute of Anatomy at the University of Bern, Switzerland. He studied Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Braunschweig, Germany (1978-1982) and did his Ph.D. in biochemistry with Prof. Dr. Jürgen Engel (1983-1987). He continued his work on the self-assembly and the ultrastructure of the basement membrane as postdoc in the lab of Prof. Dr. Peter Yurchenco at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in Piscataway, New Jersey, USA (1988-1990). Since 1988 he is teaching cell and developmental biology, as well as anatomy and histology in various curricula. After a second postdoc in the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Bern, he joined 1991 the lab of Prof. Dr. Peter Burri at the Institute of Anatomy at the University of Bern. In 2001 he became tenured and started his own Swiss National Science Foundation funded lab. Since joining the Institute of Anatomy he has been studying the development of the 3D-structure of the lung at micrometer resolution and the influence of the extracellular matrix, dexamethasone, and nicotine on lung development. In addition, he focusses on the analysis of pulmonary airflow and particle deposition. In 2007, he spent his first sabbatical at the 'University of California in Davis' (UC Davis) at the 'California National Primate Research Center' studying the influence of glucocorticoids on neonatal lung development. Nine years later he took a second sabbatical at the Center for Health and the Environment at UC Davis to study the consequences of pulmonary particle deposition and the 3D-architecture of the conduction airways in clinical images of human lungs. Since 2006 he has a second appointment at UC Davis in addition to the one at the University of Bern. Besides others Johannes Schittny served as president of the ‘Matrix Biology Europe’, is president of the 'Swiss Society of Matrix Biology', member of the proposal review committee of the Swiss Light Source, and editor of the Journal 'Histochemistry and Cell Biology'.
Vorlesungen, Tutorien, Praktika und Prüfungen des 1. und 2. Studienjahres Human- und Zahnmedizin (siehe studmed.unibe.ch).
Vorlesung "Funktionelle Anatomie und Histologie" für Studierende der Pharmazie, Biologie und Biomedical Engineering (siehe elektronisches Vorlesungsverzeichnis).
Prüfungsleiter des 2. Studienjahres Human- und Zahnmedizin.