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Research group of Prof. Richter Assencio

Prof. Dr. med. vet. Franziska Richter Assencio

Dept. of Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmacy

University of Veterinary medicine

Bünteweg 17

30559 Hannover

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Postdocs and Senior Scientists

Dr. Birthe Gericke




  • Cell culture
  • Molecularbiology
  • Proteinbiochemistry
  • Immunostaining and confocal fluorescence microscopy
  • Implications of regulatory mechanism of the drug efflux transporter P-glycoprotein on the effect of pharmaceutical drugs in an in vitro model of the human blood brain barrier

Christopher Käufer, Ph.D.




  • Neuroinfectiology: Mechanisms of virus encephalitis-induced seizures and epilepsy


  • Behavioral phenotyping of rats and mice
  • Animal models for seizures and epilepsy
  • Infection models in rodents
  • In vivo pharmacology
  • Immunohistochemical charakterization of CNS

Miloš Stanojlovic, Ph.D.


  • Novel therapeutic strategies for Parkinson’s disease via miRNA replacement


  • Behavioral phenotyping of rats and mice
  • Animal models for neurodegenerative diseases
  • In vivo pharmacology
  • Immunohistochemical charakterization and unbiased stereology
  • Neuromodulation: chemogenetics and optogenetics

Norelle Wildburger, Ph.D.


Neurodegeneration and Neuroinfectiology:

How complex gut-brain interactions evolve from the molecular to the mesoscale level of the neural circuity and ultimately into disease manifestation.



  • Behavioral phenotyping of mice
  • Animal models for Parkinson’s disease (PD)
  • Gut microbiome and PD
  • Top-down mass spectrometry of alpha-synuclein and other pathologically relevant proteins
  • Mass spectrometry imaging of human PD tissue and animal models of PD
  • Biomarkers for PD
  • Electrophysiology of PD animal models

Ph.D. students, Doctorate students

Leonie Baldauf, Veterinarian

Anna-Sophia Hartke, Biologist

Anja Schulz, Veterinarian (extern, Uni-Leipzig)

Anika Lüttig, Veterinarian (extern, Uni-Leipzig)

Zifeng Xia, MSc (extern, LIN Magdeburg)


Master students


Technical staff

Ivo Denden

Martina Gramer

Edith Kaczmarek

Silas Staats

Jessica Wenzl


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