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Curriculum Vitae

Professional Experience and Postdoctoral Training

  • 2011 – 2014 GraKo 1326, Project: Cav channels in the embryonic heart
  • 2009 – present Leader of the ‘Laboratory for transgenic and reproductive technologies’, Institute of Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology and the SPF – animal facility of the Medical Faculty, Homburg
  • 2006 – 2008 Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute of Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology University,
    Advisor: Marc Freichel
  • 2005 – 2006 Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute of Pharmacology, TU Munich, Germany, Advisor: Franz Hofmann
  • 2002 – 2004 Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute of Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology
    Saarland University, Germany, Advisor: Veit Flockerzi

Academic Education

  • 2002 Dr. rer. nat (Biology), Institute of Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology, Saarland University, Homburg, Germany, Mentor: Veit Flockerzi
  • 1998 Diploma (Biology), Department of Biochemistry, Saarland University, Saarbrücken, Germany
    Mentor: Rita Bernhardt

Honours, Awards, Scholarships and Other Qualifications

  • 2013 – 2014 Research grant HOMFOR, Medical Faculty, Saarland University
  • 2012 – 2015 Project ‚TRP-like 2 proteins in the heart - subcellular trafficking and functional relevance for cation entry and contractility‘, GRK 1326.
  • 2011 – 2014 Project P2 ‚Transgenic technologies‘, SFB 894
  • 2009 – 2010 Research grant ‘Forschungskommission’ Saarland University
  • 2008 – 2009 Research grant HOMFOR, Medical Faculty, Saarland University
  • 2007 – 2008 Research grant ‘Forschungskommission’ Saarland University
  • 2006 Pagliarello-Award, Medical Faculty, Saarland University
  • 1998 – 1999 PhD fellowship of the Graduate Training School "Zelluläre Regulation und Wachstum" (DFG), Homburg

Publications

  • Weissgerber P, Kriebs U, Tsvilovskyy V, Olausson J, Kretz O, Stoerger C, Mannebach S, Wissenbach U, Vennekens R, Middendorff R, Flockerzi V, Freichel M. Excision of Trpv6 gene leads to severe defects in epididymal Ca2+ absorption and male fertility much like single D541A pore mutation. J Biol Chem 287:17930-17941, 2012.
  • Meissner M, Weissgerber P, Londono JEC, Prenen J, Link S, Ruppenthal S, Molkentin J.D, Lipp P, Nilius B, Freichel M. and Flockerzi V. Moderate calcium channel dysfunction in adult mice with inducible cardiomyocyte-specific excision of the Cacnb2 gene. J Biol Chem 286:15875-15882, 2011.
  • Weissgerber P, Kriebs U, Tsvilovskyy V, Olausson J, Kretz O, Stoerger C, Vennekens R, Wissenbach U, Middendorff R, Flockerzi V, Freichel M. Male fertility depends on Ca2+ absorption by TRPV6 in epididymal epithelia. Sci Signal 4, ra27, 2011.
  • Xue T, Do MT, Riccio A, Jiang Z, Hsieh J, Wang HC, Merbs SL, Welsbie DS, Yoshioka T, Weissgerber P, Stolz S, Flockerzi V, Freichel M, Simon MI, Clapham DE, Yau KW. Melanopsin signalling in mammalian iris and retina. Nature 479: 67-73, 2011.
  • Weissgerber P, Held B, Bloch W, Kaestner L, Chien K, Fleischmann B, Lipp P, Flockerzi V and Freichel M. Reduced cardiac L-type Ca2+ current in CaVβ2-/- embryos impairs cardiac development and contraction with secondary defects in vascular maturation. Circ Res 99:749-757, 2006.