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Working Group on the Neurobiology of Schizophrenia | Brain bank


Prof. Dr. med. Andrea Schmitt

Main areas of interest:

Schizophrenia, affective disorders, neuropathology, animal models, environmental factors

Main focus:

Schizophrenia and affective disorders are diseases of the brain. They often have a severe course and cause deficits in memory performance that result in social impairments. Our working group wants to help elucidate the causes of these psychiatric disorders. In our work, we use microscopy (stereology), RNA sequencing and proteomics to study brain regions in tissue donated to the Neurobiobank Munich ( We also search for new treatment strategies, for example by examining the effects of endurance exercise on memory performance, using animal models to study the pathophysiology of psychotic disorders and studying neurons and glial cells differentiated from stem cells. We are particularly interested in models of risk genes for schizophrenia and in environmental factors, such as the effects of early stress and of complications in pregnancy and birth.

Ongoing projects:

Stereological studies of the hippocampus, RNA sequencing in brain regions and stem cells (funded by the Else Kröner Fresenius foundation), endurance exercise in patients with schizophrenia (funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research [BMBF])



Cooperation partners:

  • Prof. Dr. Martins-de-Souza, University of Campinas, Brazil
  • Prof. Dr. Wagner F. Gattaz, Universität Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Prof. Dr. Andre Fischer, DZNE, University of Göttingen
  • Prof. Dr. Christoph Schmitz, Institute of Neuroanatomy der LMU
  • Prof. Dr. Johann Steiner, Department of Psychiatry at the University of Magdeburg
  • Dr. Michael Ziller, Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry


Dr. Thomas Arzberger, Facharzt für Neuropathologie
Tel. 089 2180 78066

Dr. Florian Raabe, Assistenzarzt
Tel. 089 4400 55743


Moritz Lembeck, Sportwissenschaftler
Tel. 089 4400 55551

Monika Rübekeil, MTA
Tel. 089 2180 53576