Prof. Dr. med. vet. Franziska Richter Assencio


Prof. Dr. med. vet. Franziska Richter Assencio
Institut für Pharmakologie, Toxikologie und Pharmazie
Stiftung Tierärztliche Hochschule
Bünteweg 17
30559 Hannover

Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiter:innen

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



Immunfärbung und Fluoreszenzmikroskopie


Christopher Käufer, Ph.D.


Forschungsschwerpunkt: Neuroinfektiologie


Rebecca Kotzur, Ph.D.


  • Neuroimmunologie
  • Hypoxie in Parkinson


Doktorand:innen und Ph.D.-Student:innen

  • Leonie Baldauf, Tierärztin
  • Isabell Drath, Tierärztin
  • Thuy Lai, Biologin
  • Maria Antonia Joseph, Tierärztin
  • Anna-Sophia Hartke, Biologin
  • Cara Schreiber, Tierärztin
  • Diana Voitsekhovch, Tierärztin
  • Ricardo Schmidt, Tierarzt
  • Kristina Lau, Tierärztin
  • Daniela Zalpanow, Biologin
  • Sandra Weiß, Biologin

Master Student:innen


Weitere Mitarbeiter:innen

  • Ivo Wiesweg
  • Martina Gramer, CTA
  • Edith Kaczmarek, Biologielaborantin
  • Silas Staats, Feinwerkmechaniker
  • Sonja Stelz, Biologielaborantin
  • Andrea Ofner, LTA