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Curriculum Vitae

Advanced Professional Positions

  • 2012 – present Managing Director, Institute of Physiology, Saarland University, School of Medicine, Homburg
  • 2010 – 2012 Deputy Managing Director, Institute of Physiology, Saarland University, School of Medicine, Homburg
  • 2008 – present,  Full Professor (W3), Institute of Physiology, Saarland University, School of Medicine, Homburg
  • 2008 – present W3-Lichtenberg-Professor, Volkswagen Stiftung
  • 2002 – 2007 Associate Professor, Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, USA
  • 1997 – 2002 Assistant Professor, Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, USA
  • 1996 – 1997 Assistant Professor, Section of Neurobiology, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut, USA

Professional Experience and Postdoctoral Training

  • 1992 – 1996 Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Yale University, Department of Neurology (head: S. Waxman)
    and Neurobiology (head: P. Rakic)
  • 1988 – 1992 Research Assistant, Research Institute of Toxicology, University of Utrecht, Advisor: Dr. H.P.M. Vijverberg
  • 1986 – 1987 Research assistant, Organon International (Akzo-Pharma), Oss, NL

Academic Education

  • 1992 Doctor (Dr.) degree (equivalent to PhD), University of Utrecht, The Netherlands, Research Institute of Toxicology, Dept. Neurotoxicolgy, Mentors: J. van den Bercken / H. P. M. Vijverberg
  • 1988 – 1992 PhD Study, University of Utrecht, The Netherlands, Research Institute of Toxicology, Dept. Neurotoxicology, Mentors: Prof. Dr. J. van den Bercken / Dr. H.P.M. Vijverberg
  • 1988 Doctorandus (Drs.) degree in Biology (equivalent to Master of Sciences), University of Utrecht, NL
    Advisors: H. Goos / W. Seinen
  • 1982 – 1988 Master of Sciences study in Biology, University of Utrecht, The Netherlands, 1. Animal Physiology, Comparative Endocrinology, Mentor: H. Goos, 2. Neurotoxicology, Mentor: W. Seinen

Honours, Awards, Scholarships and Other Qualifications

  • 2011 Elected to AcademiaNet, an association for excellent female scientist
  • 2007 5-star Lichtenberg-Professorship (Volkswagen Stiftung, Hannover)
  • 2002 Takasago Award for Research in Olfaction
  • 2002 Research Service Award, University of Maryland, School of Medicine
  • 1998 “First Award” (R29) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • 1992 “Thesis Award” of the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research
  • 1988 Erasmus - Scholarship, Max-Planck-Institut for Biophysics, Frankfurt (Supervisor: Prof. Dr. H. Passow)

Professional Activities, Memberships (a partial synopsis)

  • 2010 – 2011 Polak Award Committee (Elsje Werner-Polak Memorial Fund)
  • 2010 Chair, Hertie Foundation Lecture at 7th FENS meeting, Amsterdam
  • 2001 – 2008 Member of program committees of either Association for Chemoreception Sciences (AchemS) or International Symposium on Olfaction and Taste (ISOT)
  • 2008 – present, Member, Deutsche Physiologische Gesellschaft
  • 2008 – present, Member, Neurowissenschaftliche Gesellschaft (NWG)
  • 2008 – present, Member, American Physiological Society
  • 2005 – 2008 Executive Committee, Association for Chemoreception Sciences (AchemS)
  • 2004 – 2006 Member of the National Institute of Health (NIH) – National Institute on Deafness and other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) Scientific Review Panel
  • 2005 – 2006 Polak Award Committee (Elsje Werner-Polak Memorial Fund)
  • 2000 – 2003 Society for Neuroscience, Women-in-Neuroscience (WIN) Travel Award Review Committee
  • 1997 Member of program committees of either Association for Chemoreception Sciences (AchemS) of International Symposium on Olfaction and Taste (ISOT)
  • 1996 – present, Manuscript reviewer (various journals, i.a. Cell, Neuron, Science, J.Neurosci, PNAS)
  • 1995 – present, Member, Association for Chemoreception Sciences (AchemS)
  • 1993 – present, Ad-hoc grant reviewer (i.a. NIH, NSF, US-Israel Science Foundation)
  • 1991 – present, Member, Society for Neuroscience

Publications

  • Sturm T, Leinders-Zufall T, Macek B, Walzer M, Jung S, Pömmerl B, Stevanovic S, Zufall F, Overath P and Rammensee HG. Mouse urinary peptides provide a molecular basis for genotype discrimination by nasal sensory neurons. Nat Commun 4:1616, 2013.
  • Chamero P, Katsoulidou V, Hendrix P, Bufe B, Roberts R, Matsunami H, Abramowitz J, Birnbaumer L, Zufall F, and Leinders-Zufall T. G protein Gao is essential for vomeronasal function and aggressive behavior in mice. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 108:12898-12903, 2011.
  • Weiss J, Pyrski M, Jacobi E, Bufe B, Willnecker V, Schick B, Zizzari P, Gossage SJ, Greer CA, Leinders-Zufall T, Woods CG, Wood JN, and Zufall F. Loss-of-function mutations in sodium channel Nav1.7 cause anosmia. Nature 472:186-190, 2011.
  • Leinders-Zufall T, Ishii T, Mombaerts P, Zufall F, and Boehm T. Structural requirements for the activation of vomeronasal sensory neurons by MHC peptides. Nat Neurosci 12:1551-1558, 2009.
  • Leinders-Zufall T, Brennan P, Widmayer P, Chandramani S. P, Maul-Pavicic A, Jager M, Li XH, Breer H, Zufall F, and Boehm T. MHC class I peptides as chemosensory signals in the vomeronasal organ. Science 306:1033-1037, 2004.