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Thomas Biederer, PhD

Professor of Neurology

Contact Information

Thomas Biederer, PhD

Mailing Address

  • Neurology

    100 College Street, Room 244

    New Haven, Connecticut 06510

    United States


Thomas Biederer received his Ph.D. in Cell Biology from the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany. Thomas Biederer then pursued postdoctoral training with Dr. Thomas Südhof at the UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas to investigate mechanisms of synapse formation. He started his research group in 2003 as faculty member at Yale University, was 2013-2019 at Tufts University, and joined the Yale faculty again in 2019.

Dr. Biederer’s multidisciplinary research is motivated by his deep-seated interest in the biology of synapses, the cellular structures that connect neurons into networks. His long-term goals are to define how synapses develop, understand their roles in cognition, and investigate the profound disease relevance of synaptic aberrations. Progress from his group is providing insights into trans-synaptic complexes and how they dynamically organize synapse formation and maturation in vitro and in vivo. Attaining these goals is of importance to human health as altered synapse formation and stability underlie devastating brain disorders, including those that are neurodevelopmental diseases and related to drugs of abuse.

Education & Training

  • Postdoctoral Fellow
    University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (2003)
  • PhD
    Humboldt University of Berlin (1998)

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Initiative d’Excellence AwardUniversity of Bordeaux2016
Brain Research Foundation Fellow2016
NARSAD (Natl. Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression) Young Investigator AwardNARSAD2009
Dana Foundation Scholar AwardDana Foundation2009
Basil O’Connor Starter Scholar Research AwardMarch of Dimes Foundation2005
Paul Daniel Bogart Leadership Chair of Research AwardThe Brain Tumor Society2004

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