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Curriculum Vitae

Advanced Professional Positions

  • 2012 – present Full Professor (W3), Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Saarland University, School of Medicine

Professional Experience and Postdoctoral Training

  • 2004 – 2012 Group leader, Institute for Neural Signal Transduction, Center for Molecular Neurobiology Hamburg (ZMNH)
  • 2002 – 2004 Research Associate, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, Lab head: Linda Buck
  • 2000 – 2002 Postdoctoral fellow, Harvard Medical School, Boston (Emmy Noether grant of the DFG), Lab head: Linda Buck
  • 1999 – 2000 Postdoctoral fellow, Institute for Genetics, University of Cologne, Lab head: Jonathan Howard

Academic Education

  • 1994 – 1999 PhD thesis, University of Cologne, Institute of Genetics, Supervisor: Professor Jonathan
  • 1993 – 1994 Diploma (Biology), University of Cologne, Institute of Genetics, Head of Department: Peter Starlinger
  • 1988 – 1993 Studies of Biology (Diploma) and Philosophy (Magister), University of Cologne

Honours, Awards, Scholarships and Other Qualifications

  • 2012 Declined call to become Professor for Molecular Neurobiology and Developmental Neurophysiology at the Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
  • 2012 Basic Science Chair of COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology)-action BM1105 "GnRH deficiency: Elucidation of the neuroendocrine control of human reproduction"
  • 2011 Declined call to become Assistent Professor (tenure track) at Harvard Medical School, Boston
  • 2000 – 2002 Emmy Noether fellowship (DFG)
  • 1994 Diplom mit Auszeichnung ('Honors')


Mayer C & Boehm U. Female reproductive maturation in the absence of kisspeptin/GPR54 signaling. Nat Neurosci 14:704-710, 2011.

Wen S, Götze IN, Mai O, Schauer C, Leinders-Zufall T, Boehm U. Genetic identification of GnRH receptor neurons: a new model for studying neural circuits underlying reproductive physiology in the mouse brain. Endocrinology 152:1515–1526, 2011.

Mayer C, Acosta-Martinez M, Dubois S, Wolfe A, Radovick S, Boehm U, Levine JE. Timing and completion of puberty depend on estrogen receptor α signaling in kisspeptin neurons. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 107:22693-22698, 2010.

Wen S, Ai W, Alim Z, Boehm U. Embryonic GnRH signaling is necessary for maturation of the male reproductive axis. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 107:16372-16377, 2010.

Boehm U, Zou Z, Buck LB. Feedback loops link odor and pheromone signaling with reproduction. Cell 123:683-695, 2005.