Peter Sonderegger was a Full Professor at the Department of Biochemistry from 1999 until his retirement in July 2010. He was Head of Department from March 2004 until February 2009.
His research aims at understanding the molecular mechanisms of synaptic plasticity. He has a particular interest in the regulatory role of extracellular proteolysis and intracellular vesicular trafficking at the synapse. He investigates how these two processes influence synaptic structure, function, and plasticity.
Peter Sonderegger studied medicine at the Universities of Zurich and Lausanne and received his MD from the University of Zurich in 1974. After four years of clinical training in pathology, child psychiatry, and pediatrics, he committed himself to experimental research. He received postdoctoral training in the laboratories of P. Christen at the University of Zurich and P. G. Nelson at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, USA. In 1990 Peter Sonderegger became an Associate Professor for Biochemistry at the University of Zurich.