Research Group Leader of Epigenetics and Structural Plasticity, Institute of Biology at the Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg
My work is focussed on early adverse experiences and their impact for the development of functional brain systems and behavioural strategies. We use different animal models of early-life stress as an environmental challenge to induce symptoms of disorders such as depression or ADHD. My experimental approaches include the comparison of vulnerability vs. resilience, gender specific effects and the transgenerational transmission of epigenetic and behavioural alterations by combining molecular and cellular techniques with functional imaging and behavioural pharmacology.
Keywords: pre-/postnatal stress – epigenetics – limbic system – neuronal structure – behavioural dysfunctions
Location: OVGU (FNW)