Advanced Professional Positions
- 2020 – present Deputy Managing Director, Institute of Physiology, School of Medicine, Saarland University, Homburg
- 2015 – present Management/Head of CIPMM animal facility
- 2012 – 2014 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
- 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)
- 2016 – present currently: Past President, formerly: President and President Elect (2-yr cycles)
European Chemoreception Research Organization (ECRO)
- 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 Peer-reviewed publications and books
- Koike K, Yoo S-J, Bleymehl K, Omura M, Zapiec B, Pyrski M, Blum T, Khan M, Bai Z, Leinders-Zufall T, Mombaerts P, Zufall F. Danger perception and stress response through an olfactory sensor for the bacterial metabolite hydrogen sulfide. Neuron 109:2469-2484, 2021
- Blum T, Moreno-Pérez A, Pyrski M, Bufe B, Arifovic A, Weissgerber P, Freichel M, Zufall F, Leinders-Zufall T. Trpc5 deficiency causes hypoprolactinemia and altered function of oscillatory dopamine neurons in the arcuate nucleus. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 116:15236-15243, 2019.
- Bleymehl K, Perez-Gomez A, Omura M, Moreno-Perez A, Macias D, Bai Z, Johnson RS, Leinders-Zufall T, Zufall F, Mombaerts PA. A Sensor for low environmental oxygen in the mouse main olfactory epithelium. Neuron 92:1196-1203, 2016.
- Chamero P, Katsoulidou V, Hendrix P, Bufe B, Roberts R, Matsunami H, Abramowitz J, Birnbaumer L, Zufall F, and Leinders-Zufall T. G protein Gαo 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.
- Lucas P, Ukhanov K, Leinders-Zufall T, Zufall T. A novel diacylglycerol-gated cation channel in vomeronasal neuron dendrites is impaired in trpc2 mutant mice: a mechanism for pheromone transduction. Neuron 40:551-561, 2003.
- Del Punta K*, Leinders-Zufall T*, Rodriguez I, Jukam D, Wysocki CJ, Ogawa S, Zufall F, Mombaerts P. Deficient pheromone responses in mice lacking a cluster of vomeronasal receptor genes. Nature 419:70-74, 2002. *shared authorship
- Leinders-Zufall T, Lane AP, Puche AC, Ma W, Novotny MV, Shipley MT, Zufall F. Ultrasensitive pheromone detection by mammalian vomeronasal neurons. Nature 405:792-796, 2000.