Dr. David Leuthold
David Leuthold is Postdoc in the research group of Prof. Dr. Tamara Tal at the Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ, Department Bioanalytical Ecotoxicology. His focus is on the development and application of behavior-based assays in embryo-larval stages of zebrafish (Danio rerio) as well as state-of-the-art genetic engineering approaches including CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing to illuminate toxicity mechanism of environmental chemicals.
David Leuthold studied applied natural science with focus on environmental science and biotechnology at the Technical University Bergakademie Freiberg. In 2015 he earned his M.Sc. for his studies on toxicokinetic and -dynamic aspects of anti-acetylcholinesterase pesticides at molecular and behavioral scale in larval zebrafish. After that, David Leuthold worked as a research assistant at the UFZ Bioanalytical Ecotoxicology Department, inter alia, conducting toxicological studies in zebrafish at the Szent-István-University in Gödöllő, Hungary. In 2016 Leuthold received a PhD scholarship from the German Federal Environmental Foundation (Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt DBU). With affiliation to the RWTH Aachen University, David Leuthold conducted his practical PhD work on “Zebrafish locomotor activity as a sensitive effect-based tool for the assessment of environmental chemicals and mixtures” at the Department Bioanalytical Ecotoxicology (UFZ). After graduation, he joined the Tal Lab in 2019 as a Postdoc where he currently establishes a behavioral assay battery in zebrafish to assess adverse developmental effects of xenobiotics on cognition.