Central German Mental Health Center

Markus Wöhr

Markus Wöhr

Prof. Dr. rer. nat., Dipl.-Psych., Dept. Experimental and Biological Psychology, UMR, and CMBB; Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, Leuven, Belgium

Current position
Professor for Biological Psychology and Behavioral Pharmacology, KU Leuven, Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, Research Unit Brain and Cognition, Laboratory of Biological Psychology, Social and Affective Neuroscience Research Group, Leuven, Belgium; Young Investigator Group Leader, UMR
Role within partner site
Representative Faculty

Relevant work experience
EU Innovative Training Network ITN “Serotonin and Beyond”, PI, project lead ESR11
DFG RTG 2271, PI
DFG RU 2107, PI

Professional background
Visiting Associate Professor, Department of Molecular and Cellular Physiology (Prof. Dr. Südhof, Nobel laureate), School of Medicine, Stanford University, USA
Visiting Scientist, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (Prof. Dr. Silverman), School of Medicine, University of California Davis, USA
Postdoctoral Visiting Fellow, Laboratory of Behavioral Neuroscience (Prof. Dr. Crawley), National Institute of Mental Health, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, USA
Predoctoral Visiting Fellow, Division of Psychobiology and Psychopharmacology (Prof. Dr. D’Amato), CNR Institute of Neuroscience, Rome, Italy
Dissertation, Dr. rer. nat., UMR

Main research foci

  • *Krug A, *Wöhr M, … Schwarting RKW, Kircher T (2020) Advanced paternal age as a risk factor for neurodevelopmental disorders: A translational study. Mol Autism 11:e54. *shared first authorship
  • Lackinger M, … Schwarting RKW, Wöhr M, Schratt G (2019) The placental-mammal specific miR379-410 microRNA cluster acts as a natural brake for sociability in mice. EMBO Reports 20:e4642.
  • Valluy J, … Wöhr M, … Schwarting RKW, Schratt G (2015) A coding-independent function of an alternative Ube3a transcript during neuronal development. Nat Neurosci 18:666-673.
  • Wöhr M, … Schwaller B (2015) Lack of parvalbumin in mice leads to behavioral deficits relevant to all human autism core symptoms and related neural morpho-functional abnormalities. Transl Psychiatry, 5:e525.
  • Willuhn I, … Schwarting RKW, Wöhr M (2014) Phasic dopamine release in the nucleus accumbens in response to pro-social 50-kHz ultrasonic vocalizations in rats. J Neurosci 34:10616-10623.

Additional information
since 2020
Editorial Board Member, Neuropharmacology
since 2019
European Councilor, International Behavioral Neuroscience Society
Feodor Lynen Research Fellowship for Experienced Researchers, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation