Short CV/Education and training

  • 1988
    Vordiplom (intermediate examination) in biology, University of Tübingen, Germany

  • 1993
    Diplom degree in biology, University of Tübingen, Germany

  • 1996 – 1997
    PhD Student, University Hospital Tübingen

  • 1997
    Doctor of Natural Science (Dr rer. nat.), University of Tübingen, animal physiology

  • 1997 – 1999
    Postdoc, University Hospital Tübingen

  • 2000 – 2006
    C1 research assistant, University of Tübingen, animal physiology

  • 2004
    Habilitation (postdoctoral qualification) in animal physiology, University of Tübingen

  • 2006 – 2007
    Heisenberg Fellow, University of Toronto, Canada; psychology

  • Since 2007
    Assistant professor of anatomy and cell biology, University of Western Ontario, Canada

Selected publications

  • Schmid, S. et al.: Group III metabotropic glutamate receptors inhibit giant neurons in the caudal pontine reticular nucleus but do not mediate synaptic depression/short-term habituation of startle. J. Neuroscience, in press.

  • Yeomans, J.S. et al.: GABA receptors and prepulse inhibition of acoustic startle in mice and rats. Eur. J. Neurosci 2010 [Epub ahead of print].

  • Bosch, D., Schmid, S.: Cholinergic Mechanism underlying Prepulse Inhibition of the Startle Response in Rats. In: Neuroscience 155, 2009. pp. 326-335.

  • Schmid, S. et al.: Activation of mGluR7 alters amygdala plasticity and facilitates extinction of fear memory. In: Mol. Psychiatry 13, 2008. pp. 970-979.

  • Bosch, D., Schmid, S.: Activation of muscarinic acetylcholine receptors inhibits giant neurons in the caudal pontine reticular nucleus. In: Eur. J. Neurosci. 24, 2006. pp. 1967-1975.

  • Simons Weidenmeier, N. et al.: Synaptic depression and short-term habituation are located on the sensory part of the mammalian startle pathway BMC. In: Neuroscience 7, 2006. 38, doi:10.1186/1471-2202-7-38.

  • Schmid, S., Fendt, M.: Effects of the mGluR8 agonist (S)-3,4,-DCPG in the lateral amygdala on acquisition/expression of fear-potentiated startle, synaptic transmission, and plasticity. In: Neuropharmacology 50, 2006. pp. 154-164.

  • Schmid, S., Simons, N.S., Schnitzler, H.-U.: Cellular mechanisms of the trigeminally evoked startle response. In: Eur. J. Neurosci. 17, 2003. pp. 1438-1444.

  • Schmid, S., Weber, M.: Neurons in the superior olivary complex do not excite giant neurons of the caudal pontine reticular formation. In: Neuroreport 13, 2002. pp. 2223-2227.

  • Weber, M., Schnitzler, H.-U., Schmid, S.: Synaptic plasticity in the auditory startle pathway: the neuronal basis for short-term habituation? In: Eur. J. Neurosci. 16, 2002. pp. 1325-1332.

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Canadian Association for Neuroscience

  • German Neuroscience Society

  • Federation of European Neuroscience Societies

  • Society for Neuroscience

  • The Pavlovian Society, International Society for Neuroethology

  • German Scholars Organization

  • German Association of University Professors and Lecturers

  • Member of the Animal Use Committee of the University of Western Ontario (UWO), since 2010

  • Curriculum Review Committee, Neuroscience Graduate Programme, UWO, since 2010

  • Interviewer for Schulich Medical School Admissions, UWO, 2010

  • Executive member of the Programme Committee of the interdisciplinary Neuroscience Graduate Program, UWO, since 2009

  • Neuroscience Summer School committee, UWO, since 2008

  • Substitute women's representative of the Faculty of Biology, 2003 – 2006

  • Member of the Senate Commission for Equal Opportunities of the University of Tübingen, 2002 – 2006

  • Member of the Senate Commission for Sequels of Research and Technology, 2002 – 2006

  • Representative of research staff in the faculty council for biology, Tübingen, 2000 – 2006

Additional qualifications

Organisation of symposia:

  • Organisation and direction of "Scientific symposium on habituation mechanisms at the ISN meeting", Salamanca, Spain, 2010

  • Co-organisation of the "27th International Ethological Conference" in Tübingen, Germany, 2001

Editorial positions:

  • Neurobiol. Of Aging (1)

  • Neuroscience (2)

  • Brain Research Review (1)

  • Eur. J. Neuroscience (2)

  • Learning & Memory (1)

  • Journal Recent Patents on CNS Drug Discovery (1)

  • J. Physiology (1), since 2009

  • Neurobiol. of Disease (3)

  • Neurobiol. Of Aging (1)

  • Neuroscience (2)

  • Neuropharmacology (2)

  • Eur. J. Neuroscience (1), 2008 – 2009

  • Neurobiol. Of Disease (1)

  • J. Neuroscience (1), 2007 – 2008


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