Peter Mombaerts

Director of the Max Planck Research Unit of Neurogenetics

Max Planck Institute - Research Unit for Neurogenetics, Germany



Peter Mombaerts was born in 1962 in Leuven, Belgium. He obtained his M.D. degree in 1987 at the Catholic University of Leuven. He then joined the laboratory of Nobel Laureate Dr. Susumu Tonegawa at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA, where he obtained his Ph.D. degree in 1992 with a thesis on immunodeficient mice generated by gene targeting. As a postdoc with Nobel Laureate Dr. Richard Axel at Columbia University, New York, NY, USA (1993-1995), he developed a genetic approach to visualize axonal projections of mouse olfactory sensory neurons that express the same odorant receptor gene. From 1995-2007 he was faculty member at The Rockefeller University in New York, NY, USA. In 2008 he moved to Frankfurt as director of the newly created Department of Molecular Neurogenetics at the Max Planck Institute of Biophysics. In 2013 he became the director of the Max Planck Research Unit of Neurogenetics in Frankfurt. He has authored 113 papers, which have been cited more than 16,000 times. His research interests are the development and function of the mouse olfactory system, and his expertise is genetic manipulation of the mouse.