Short CV/Education and training

  • 1976 – 1985
    Studied biology at the University of Osnabrück, Germany

  • 1985
    Diplom degree in biology, University of Osnabrück

  • 1987
    Doctor of Science (Dr. rer. nat.), University of Osnabrück

  • 1987
    Research associate in the field of biology (animal physiology), University of Osnabrück

  • 1987 – 1992
    Research associate and academic councillor, Institute of Physiology, University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany; visiting researcher in USA and Canada

  • 1993 – 2004
    Research associate (1999: C2 position) and director of the molecular neurobiology working group at the Tübingen Hearing Research Centre (THRC), Department of Otolaryngology, University of Tübingen, Germany

  • 1997
    Habilitation (postdoctoral qualification) and venia legendi (authorisation to teach) in the field of molecular neurobiology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Tübingen

  • 2004
    Professor by special appointment at the Hearing Research Centre (THRC) of the Department of Otolaryngology, University of Tübingen

  • 2005
    Offer of a W2 professorship in experimental otolaryngology at the University Hospital, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany

  • 2008
    Offer of a W3 professorship in molecular auditory physiology at the Hearing Research Centre (THRC) of the Department of Otolaryngology, University of Tübingen

  • Since 2009
    W3 University professor of molecular auditory physiology at the Hearing Research Centre (THRC) of the Department of Otolaryngology, University of Tübingen

Selected publications

  • Weber, T. et al.: Thyroid hormone is a critical determinant for the regulation of the cochlear motor protein prestin. In: Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 99(5), 2002. S. 2901-2906.

  • Rüttiger, L. et al.: Deletion of the Ca2+-activated potassium (BK) a-subunit but not the BKb1-subunit leads to progressive hearing loss. In: Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 101, 2004. S. 12922-12927.

  • Panford-Walsh, R. et al.: Midazolam reverses salicylate-induced changes in brain-derived neurotrophic factor and arg3.1 expression: implications for tinnitus perception and auditory plasticity. In: Mol Pharmacol 74, 2008. S. 595-604.

  • Winter, H. et al.: Deafness in TRb mutants is caused by malformation of the tectorial membrane malformation. In: J Neurosci 29, 2009. S. 2581-2587.

  • Johnson, S.L. et al.: Synaptotagmin IV determines the linear Ca2+ dependence of vesicle fusion at auditory ribbon synapses. In: Nat Neurosci 13, 2010. S. 45-52.

Complete list of publications

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Spokesperson for the executive committee, Tübingen Hearing Research Centre (THRC)

  • Spokesperson for the State of Baden-Württemberg priority programme: Multimeric Ion Channel Complex (a WMF joint project)

  • Spokesperson for the mini-research training group: Function and Pathophysiology of the Sensory Cells in the Inner Ear (graduate programme, University of Tübingen, Germany)

  • Research co-ordinator of CavNet (L-type calcium channels in health and disease), Marie Curie Research Training Network (funded by the European Union Research Programme)

  • Organiser of the "Methodology seminar at the THRC" (a seminar series for scientists, PhD students, Diplom students and students in the Faculty of Medicine and the natural science faculties, University of Tübingen)

  • Coordinator of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Clinical Research (IZKF) PhD Colloquium, Faculty of Medicine, University of Tübingen

  • Member of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology (ARO)

  • Member of the German Society for Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery

  • Member of the Theodor Heuss Foundation

  • Member of the German Neuroscience Society


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