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Jurgen Ziesmann, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Biology and Chemistry
Phone: (626) 815-6000, Ext. 6519
Fax: 626-387-5906
Jurgen Ziesmann, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the Department of Biology and Chemistry. He was born in Sulzbach-Rosenberg, Germany, studied biology at the Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen, and later at University of Bayreuth, Germany. Ziesmann had a postdoctoral research position at the Institute for Arable Crop Research Rothamsted, UK, and Max Planck Fellowship a the Institute for Behavioral Physiology at Seewiesen, Germany. He was one of the visiting scientists at Hort-Research, Auckland, New Zealand and a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, Maryland. Since 2002, Ziesmann has been teaching mainly anatomy and physiology at APU.


Ph.D. - University of Bayreuth, Germany, 1994
M.A. - University of Bayreuth, Germany, 1990
B.S. - University of Bayreuth, Germany, 1986


  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
    • Biology and Chemistry


  • Chemical Communication in Insects
  • Sensory Changes During Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Termites

Courses Taught

BIOL 151 – General Biology I
BIOL 152 – General Biology II
BIOL 230 – Human Anatomy and Physiology I
BIOL 231 – Human Anatomy and Physiology II
BIOL 250 – Human Anatomy
BIOL 251 – Human Physiology
BIOL 336 – Vertebrate Biology
BIOL 350 – Mammalian Physiology
BIOL 495 – Advanced Topics in Biology
BIOL 498 – Directed Research
BIOL 101 – Fundamentals of Biology

Professional/Scholarly Presentations

Sumpter, R., Gracey, S., Somers, J., and Ziesmann, J. "BACE1 Enzyme is Necessary for Normal Olfaction Behavior in Mice," 32nd WCBSUR Conference, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, 2007

Silva, C., Somers, J., and Ziesmann, J. "Trial Following of Termite Workers on a Branching Trail," 31st Annual WCBSUR Conference, San Diego, 2006

Patel, D., Somers, J., Ziesmann, J. "Towards a New Method of Evaluating Olfactory Abilities in Mice," 30th Annual WCBSUR Conference, Santa Clara, 2005

Leinders-Zufall, T., Ziesmann, J., Puche, A.C., Bock, R., Ma, W., Novotny, M.V., Zufall, F. "Pheromone Coding by the Mammalian Main Olfactory Epithelium," Association for Chemoreception Sciences, Sarasota, 2003

Kelliher, K.R., Ziesmann, J., Munger, S.D., Reed, R., and Zufall, F. "CNGA4 Null Mice Exhibit Behavioral Defects in Odor Threshold Sensitivity and Olfactory Adaptation," Assosiation for Chemoreception Sciences, Sarasota, 2002

Milhon, J., Kinnes, S., Morris, J., and Ziesmann, J. The Importance of Being Observant. Bent Tree Press, (2007).

Kelliher, K.R., Ziesmann, J., Munger, S.D., Reed, R.R., and Zufall, F. "Importance of the CNGA4 Channel Gene for Odor Discrimination and Adaptation in Behaving Mice." Proceedings of the National Academy of Science 100, (2003): 4299-4304.

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Office Hours

By appointment

Office Location

Segerstrom Science Center, Room 210, West Campus

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