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Wolfgang Wurst

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Wurst

Regular member MCN, GSN Scientific Board member, GSN core faculty


Director of the Institute of Developmental Genetics, Helmholz Zentrum München


Helmholtz Zentrum München
IDG - Institute of Developmental Genetics
Ingolstädter Landstraße 1
D-85764 Munich / Neuherberg

Phone: +49 (0)89 / 3187-4110
Fax: +49 (0)89 / 3187-3099


Further Information

Research focus: Molecular neurogenetics, neural development, neural pattern formation, behavior, neurological and psychiatric disease models, gene function analysis in vivo(gene trapping, gene targeting, RNA interference).

Key words: Developmental neurobiology, neurogenetics

Graduated GSN students: Dr. Angelika Hummel

Selected publications:

Glasl L, Kloos K, et al. (2012) Pink1-deficiency in mice impairs gait, olfaction and serotonergic innervation of the olfactory bulb. Experimental neurology 235(1): 214-227.

Meyer M, Ortiz O, et al. (2012) Modeling disease mutations by gene targeting in one-cell mouse embryos. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 109(24): 9354-9359.

Peng C, Aron L, et al. (2011) Pitx3 is a critical mediator of GDNF-induced BDNF expression in nigrostriatal dopaminergic neurons. The Journal of neuroscience: the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience 31(36): 12802-12815.

Refojo D, Schweizer M, et al. (2011) Glutamatergic and dopaminergic neurons mediate anxiogenic and anxiolytic effects of CRHR1. Science 333(6051): 1903-1907.

Di Salvio M, Di Giovannantonio LG, et al. (2010) Otx2 controls neuron subtype identity in ventral tegmental area and antagonizes vulnerability to MPTP. Nat Neurosci 13(12): 1481-1488.