September 26, 2008
In memoriam: Sebastian Schwarte, MD

shwarteSebastian Schwarte, MD, of the MGH Transplantation Biology Research Center (TBRC), died suddenly Sept. 19. He was 32 years old.

A native of Hannover, Germany, Schwarte received his medical degree in 2003 and his doctoral degree, summa cum laude, in 2006 from Hannover Medical School. After completing his clinical training in radiation oncology there, he joined the MGH in 2006 as a postdoctoral fellow in the TBRC laboratory of Megan Sykes, MD, with a fellowship from the German Research Foundation. At the MGH, Schwarte's work explored the mechanisms of graft-versus-tumor effects and established a model of solid tumor regression induced by intentional rejection of allogenic bone marrow.

"Sebastian was a dedicated, enthusiastic and promising young clinician-scientist," says Sykes. "He was an extraordinarily warm, caring and generous person, and his untimely death is a source of profound sorrow for his family and many friends in the TBRC."

Schwarte is survived by his parents, Man-Hee Schwarte and Karl Heinz Schwarte. A memorial service at the MGH was held Sept. 25.

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