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


Postdocs and Senior Scientists

Dr. Malte Feja

Neurobiologist with expertise in animal models of neurological and neuropsychiatric disorders including Parkinson’s disease, epilepsies, addiction, and impulse control disorders.

Earned his doctorate at the University of Bremen and joined Prof. Richter’s group in 2020. Previous postdoctoral associations at FU Berlin, SUNY Buffalo, NY, USA, and TiHo Hannover (Gernert group) addressed pharmacological approaches to treat pharmacoresistent epilepsies and modulate the endocannabinoid influence on reward- and drug-seeking, chemogenetic tools to unravel the implication of mesolimbic GABA projections in motivation and addiction, and telemetric monitoring of neurophysiological parameters, e.g., thermoregulation.

Goal is further disentangle the physiology and pathophysiology of basal ganglia circuits in order to explore new therapeutic drugs for neurological diseases including epilepsies and Parkinson’s disease.

Current projects:

  • Effects of brain penetrating drugs on neuronal dysfunction in a mouse model of Parkinson’s disease
  • Targeted drug microinfusion into the subthalamic nucleus as a therapeutic strategy for epilepsy


  • Animal models for Parkinson’s disease, seizures and epilepsy
  • Behavioral pharmacology
  • Intracerebral pharmacological interventions
  • Behavioral phenotyping of mice and rats
  • Immunohistochemical analysis


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


Ph.D. students, Doctorate students

  • Leonie Baldauf, Veterinarian
  • Anna-Sophia Hartke, Biologist
  • Thuy Lai, Biologist
  • Maria Antonia Joseph, Veterinarian
  • Cara Schreiber, Veterinarian

Master students