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Mouse Behaviour Unit (MBU)

Brief description of the platform

Head: Prof. Dr. Marianne Müller

Staff members:

  • Julia Deuster, Technician

  • Konstantin Radyushkin, PhD, Scientific Staff

  • Michael van der Kooij, Scientific Staff

The aim of the Mouse Behavior Unit (MBU) is to use standardized experimental conditions to create a common basis for cooperation projects within the LIR that use the mouse as a model organism in the identification and analysis of neurobiological resilience mechanisms. The MBU functions the one hand as an animal experimental service unit within the LIR. In addition, the MBU is also pursuing independent scientific questions and will help to develop valid mouse models for resilience research and thereby supports targeted and rapid translational approaches within the LIR.

Current research projects: 

  • Optimization and validation of mouse resilience models

  • Differential behavioral analysis of the resilient phenotype in the mouse

  • Characterization of resilience and its neurobiological basis in the mouse model

External cooperations:

  • Prof. David Lyons, PhD, Dept. of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University, USA


  • DFG

  • Boehringer Ingelheim Stiftung

Leibniz Institute for Resilience Research (LIR)
Wallstraße 7
55122 Mainz
Phone: +49 (0)6131 89448-77
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