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Curriculum Vitae

Advanced Professional Positions

  • 2008 – 2010 Department Chair, Institute of Physiology, Saarland University, Homburg
  • 2008 – present Co-Founder, Center for Integrative Physiology and Molecular Medicine, Saarland University, Homburg
  • 2007 – present Univ.-Professor (W3), Saarland University, Homburg
  • 1997 – 2006 Associate und Full Professor, Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, USA
  • 1993 – 1997 Assistant Professor, Section of Neurobiology, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT, USA

Professional Experience and Postdoctoral Training

  • 1990 – 1992 Postdoctoral Scientist, TU Munich, Advisor: H. Hatt
  • 1986 – 1990 Predoctoral Scientist, TU Munich, Advisor: H. Hatt
  • 1984 – 1986 Scientist, Schering AG, Berlin

Academic Education

  • 1992 Habilitation (Physiology), TU Munich, Mentor: J. Dudel
  • 1990 PhD thesis (Zoology), TU Munich, Mentor: H. Hatt
  • 1984 Diploma Thesis (Biologie), FU Berlin, Mentor: R. Menzel
  • 1980 Biomedical Engineering (Dipl.-Ing.), FH Hamburg

Honours, Awards, Scholarships and Other Qualifications

  • 2002 Takasago Award for Research in Olfaction, Association for Chemoreception Sciences, USA
  • 1999 Bressler Fund Research Award, University of Maryland School Medicine

Professional Activities, Memberships

  • 2011 – present Executive Editor, Chemical Senses (Oxford University Press)
  • 2009 – present Member of SPP 1392 “Integrative Analysis of Olfaction” and Member of Steering Committee
  • 2007 – present Member of Graduate School GK 1326 “Calcium Signaling and Cellular Nanodomains”
  • 2007 – 2011 Member of CRC 530, Homburg


  • Bleymehl K, Pérez-Gómez A, Omura M, Moreno-Pérez A, Macías D, Bai Z, Johnson RS, Leinders-Zufall T, Zufall F, Mombaerts P. A sensor for low environmental oxygen in the mouse main olfactory epithelium. Neuron 92, 1196-1203, 2016.
  • Pérez-Gómez A, Bleymehl K, Stein B, Pyrski M, Birnbaumer L, Munger SD, Leinders-Zufall T, Zufall F, Chamero P. Innate predator odor aversion driven by parallel olfactory subsystems that converge in the ventromedial hypothalamus. Curr Biol 25, 1340-1346, 2015.
  • 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, 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, Boehm T. Structural requirements for the activation of vomeronasal sensory neurons by MHC peptides. Nat Neurosci 12, 1551-1558, 2009.
  • Brennan PA, Zufall F. Pheromonal communication in vertebrates. Nature 444:308-315, 2006.
  • Leinders-Zufall T, Brennan P, Widmayer P, Chandramani S. P, Maul-Pavicic A, Jäger M, Li XH, Breer H, Zufall F, 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 F. A diacylglycerol-gated cation channel in vomeronasal neuron dendrites is impaired in TRPC2 mutant mice: mechanism of 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.
  • Leypold BG, Yu CR, Leinders-Zufall T, Kim MM, Zufall F, Axel R. Altered sexual and social behaviors in trp2 mutant mice. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 99, 6376-6381, 2002.
  • Leinders-Zufall T, Lane AP, Puche AC, Ma W, Novotny M, Shipley MT, Zufall F. Ultrasensitive pheromone detection by mammalian vomeronasal neurons. Nature 405:792-796, 2000.