Short CV/Education and training

  • 1982 – 1988
    Studied biology at Utrecht University, Netherlands

  • 1988
    Doctorandus in biology (Diplom degree) with two different Diplom theses: (1) in animal physiology (comparative endocrinology) and (2) in toxicology (neurotoxicology)

  • 1992
    PhD, Utrecht University, Netherlands

  • 1986 – 1987
    Research assistant, Organon International (Akzo Pharma, Netherlands)

  • 1988
    Erasmus scholarship, Max Planck Institute of Biophysics, Frankfurt, Germany

  • 1988 – 1992
    Research assistant, Institute of Toxicology, Utrecht University

  • 1992 – 1994
    Research associate, Yale University, Department of Neurology, New Haven, CT, USA

  • 1994 – 1996
    Research associate, Yale University, Section of Neurobiology, New Haven, CT, USA

  • 1996 – 1997
    Research assistant professor, Section of Neurobiology, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT, USA

  • 1997 – 2002
    Assistant professor, Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, USA

  • 2002 – 2007
    Associate professor, Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, USA

  • 2008 – 2018
    W3 Lichtenberg professor, Volkswagen Foundation

  • Since 2008
    University professor (W3) of Physiology, Saarland University

  • 2010 – 2012
    Deputy managing director of the Institute of Physiology, Saarland University

  • 2012 – 2014
    Managing director of the Institute of Physiology, Saarland University

Selected publications

  • Leinders-Zufall, T. et al.: Ultrasensitive pheromone detection by mammalian vomeronasal neurons. In: Nature 405, 2000. S. 702-706.

  • Del Punta, K. et al.: Deficient pheromone responses in mice lacking a cluster of vomeronasal receptor genes. In: Nature 419, 2002. S. 70-74.

  • Leinders-Zufall, T. et al.: MHC class I peptides as chemosensory signals in the vomeronasal organ. In: Science 306, 2004. S. 1033-1037.

  • Leinders-Zufall, T. et al.: Contribution of the receptor guanylyl cyclase GC-D to chemosensory function in the olfactory epithelium. In: Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 104, 2007. S. 14507-14512.

  • Leinders-Zufall, T. et al.: Structural requirements for the activation of vomeronasal sensory neurons by MHC peptides. In: Nat Neurosci 12(12), 2009. S. 1551-8.

  • 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. (2011) Loss-of-function mutations in sodium channel Nav1.7 cause anosmia. Nature 472(7342):186-90, doi:10.1038/nature09975.

  • Chamero P, Leinders-Zufall T, Zufall F. (2012) From genes to social communication: molecular sensing by the vomeronasal organ. Trends Neurosci 35(10):597-606. doi: 10.1016/j.tins.2012.04.011

  • Leinders-Zufall T, Storch U, Bleymehl K, Mederos y Schnitzler M, Frank JA, Konrad DB, Trauner D, Gudermann T, Zufall F (2017) PhoDAGs enable optical control of diacylglycerol-sensitive transient receptor potential channels. Cell Chem Biol 25, 215-223.

  • Bleymehl K, Perez-Gomez A, Omura M, Moreno-Perez A, Macias D, Bai Z, Johnson RS, Leinders-Zufall T, Zufall F, Mombaerts P (2016). A Sensor for Low Environmental Oxygen in the Mouse Main Olfactory Epithelium. Neuron 92, 1196-1203.

  • Pérez-Gómez A, Bleymehl K, Stein B, Pyrski M, Birnbaumer L, Munger SD, Leinders-Zufall T, Zufall F, Chamero P (2015). Innate predator aversion driven by parallel olfactory subsystems that converge in the ventromedial hypothalamus. Curr Biol 25, 1340-1346.

Complete list of publications

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Professional memberships

  • German Physiological Society (DPG), since 2008

  • German Neuroscience Society (NWG), since 2008

  • American Physiological Society, since 2008

  • Association for Chemoreception Sciences (AChemS), since 1995

  • Society of Neuroscience (SfN), since 1991

Additional committees/juries

  • Polak Young Investigator Award Committee, since 2010

  • Reviewer for the Volkswagen Foundation, the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the Homburg Research Funding Programme (Homfor), 2009

  • Executive committee, Association for Chemoreception Sciences (AChemS), 2005 – 2008

  • Programme committee for the 14th International Symposium on Olfaction and Taste (ISOT), San Francisco, USA, 2007

  • Programme chair, Association for Chemoreception Sciences, 2006 – 2007

  • Polak Young Investigator Award Committee, 2005 – 2006

  • National Institute of Health (NIH), member of the special emphasis panel / scientific review group 2005/05 ZRG1 IFCN-F (04) and (05), 2005

  • National Institute of Health (NIH), member of the Somatosensory and Chemosensory Systems (SCS) study section; Integrative, functional and cognitive neuroscience integrated review group, Centre for Scientific Review, Washington DC, reviewer of NIH-R01 and R21 research project applications, 2004 – 2007

  • Reviewer for the WIN Travel Award, Society for Neuroscience, 2000 – 2003

  • Reviewer for research project applications to the National Science Foundation, NSF, 1993 – 2007

  • Reviewer for research project applications to the Spinal Cord Research Foundation, 1993 – 1999


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  1. Prof. Leinders-Zufall New ECRO President

    Trese Leinders-Zufall studies the molecular mechanisms of the olfactory system, like hormones and pheromones, and their role for the immune system. This autumn, she was elected as the upcoming ECRO president.