Short CV/Education and training

  • 1988
    Abitur (A-levels), Ratsgymnasium (grammar school), Osnabrück, Germany

  • 1988 – 1994
    Studied biochemistry at the University of Hannover, Germany

  • 1994 – 1998
    Doctoral studies at the Max Planck Institute of Experimental Endocrinology, Hannover, Germany

  • 1998
    Doctorate in biochemistry (with distinction)

  • 1998 – 2000
    Research associate at the Max Planck Institute of Experimental Endocrinology, Hannover

  • 2000 – 2003
    Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for Neurobiology & Behaviour, Columbia University, New York, USA

  • 2004 – 2013
    Head of the junior research group Neuroendocrinology at the Fritz Lipmann Institute (FLI), Leibniz Institute for Age Research, Jena, Germany

Selected publications

  • Kersseboom, S.§, Horn, S. §, Visser, W.E., Chen, J., Friesema E.C., Vaurs-Barriére, Heuer, H*., Visser, T.J. * (2014) In vitro and mouse studies support therapeutic utility of triiodothyroacetic acid in MCT8 deficiency. Molecular Endocrinology 28:1961-1970

  • Mayerl, S., Müller, J., Bauer, R., Richert, S., Kassmann, C.M. Darras, V.M., Buder, K., Boelen, A., Visser, T.J, & Heuer, H. (2014) Transporters MCT8 and OATP1C1 maintain murine brain thyroid hormone homeostasis J Clin Invest, 124(5): 1987-1999.

  • Müller, J., Mayerl S., Visser, T.J., Darras, V.M., Boelen, A., Frappart, L., Mariotta, L., Verrey, F., Heuer H. (2014) Tissue-specficic alterations in thyroid hormone homeostasis in combined Mct8/Mct10 deficiency. Endocrinology, 155:315-325.

  • Groba, C., Mayerl, S., van Mullem, A.A., Visser, T.J., Darras, V.M., Habenicht, A. J., & Heuer, H. (2013), Hypothyroidism compromises leptin production and hypothalamic leptin signaling in mice, Molecular Endocrinology, 27:586-597.

  • Trajkovic-Arsic, M. et al.: Impact of monocarboxylate transporter (Mct)-8 deficiency on the hypothalamus-pituitary-thyroid axis in mice. In: Endocrinology 151, 2010. S. 5053-5062.

  • Trajkovic, M. et al.: Abnormal thyroid hormone metabolism in mice lacking the monocarboxylate transporter 8. In: Journal of Clinical Investigation 117, 2007. S. 627-635.

  • Heuer, H., Mason, C.A.: Thyroid hormone induces cerebellar Purkinje cell dendritic development via the thyroid hormone receptor TRalpha1. In: Journal of Neuroscience 23, 2003. S. 10604-10612.


Selected projects

  • Physiological and pathophysiological functions of thyroid hormone transporters

  • Effects of thyroid hormones during brain development

  • Role of thyroid hormones in the central nervous system's regulation of appetite and body weight

  • Neuropeptides and aging

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • voted representative of the "Executive Committee" of the European Thyroid Association (ETA), since 2012

Additional qualifications

  • Head of a histopathological service unit at the Fritz Lipmann Institute (FLI), Leibniz Institute for Age Research, Germany, 2007 – 2013


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