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Markus Wöhr, PhD  

Philipps-University of Marburg, Faculty of Psychology,

Experimental and Physiological Psychology, Behavioral Neuroscience,

Gutenbergstr. 18, 35037 Marburg

Phone: +49 6421 – 2823612, Fax: +49 6421 – 2823610




Research focus
Biological mechanisms underlying social behavior and communication in rodents (e.g. ultrasonic vocalizations); genetic and environmental risk factors (e.g. Neuroligin/Shank genes and viral infection/stress) for neurodevelopmental and affective disorders (e.g. autism/schizophrenia and anxiety/depression); drugs of abuse (e.g. amphetamine and morphine); learning and memory (e.g. social fear learning).


-    Behavioral phenotyping (e.g. affective and social behavior and communication) of rodent models for neuropsychiatric disorders (e.g. autism/schizophrenia and anxiety/depression)

-    Characterization of genetically-modified rodents (e.g. PCR and ELISA)

-    Immunohistochemical measurement of brain activity (i.e. immediate early genes) and neuronal plasticity (i.e. neurogenesis)

-    In-vivo psychopharmacology (e.g. acetylcholine, dopamine, and opioids)

-    Neurotransmitter-specific neurotoxic lesions (e.g. 6-OHDA)

Publications (10 selected Publications since 2007)

1. Willuhn I, Tose A, Wanat MJ, Hart AS, Hollon NG, Phillips PEM, Schwarting RKW, Wöhr M (2014) Phasic dopamine release in the nucleus accumbens in response to pro-social 50-kHz ultrasonic vocalizations in rats. J Neurosci 34:10616-10623.

2. Wöhr M (2014) Ultrasonic vocalizations in Shank mouse models for autism spectrum disorders: Detailed spectrographic analyses and developmental profiles. Neurosci Biobehav Rev 43:199-212.

3. Wöhr M, Silverman JL, Scattoni ML, Turner SM, Harris MJ, Saxena R, Crawley JN (2013) Developmental delays and reduced pup ultrasonic vocalizations but normal sociability in mice lacking the postsynaptic cell adhesion protein neuroligin2. Behav Brain Res 251:50-64.

4. Wöhr M, Schwarting RKW (2012) Testing social acoustic memory in rats: Effects of stimulus configuration and long-term memory on the induction of social approach behavior by appetitive 50-kHz ultrasonic vocalizations. Neurobiol Learn Mem 98:154-164.

5. Yee N, Schwarting RKW, Fuchs E, Wöhr M (2012) Increased affective ultrasonic communication during fear learning in adult male rats exposed to maternal immune activation. J Psychiatr Res 46:1199-1205.

6. Yang M, Bozdagi O, Scattoni ML, Wöhr M, Roullet FI, Katz AM, Abrams DN, Kalikhman D, Simon H, Woldeyohannes L, Zhang JY, Harris MJ, Saxena R, Silverman JL, Buxbaum JD, Crawley JN (2012) Reduced excitatory neurotransmission and mild autism-relevant phenotypes in adolescent Shank3 null mutant mice. J Neurosci 32:6525-6541.

7. Wöhr M, Roullet FI, Hung AY, Sheng M, Crawley JN (2011) Communication impairments in mice lacking Shank1: Reduced levels of ultrasonic vocalizations and scent marking behavior. PLoS ONE 6:e20631.

8. Wöhr M, Roullet FI, Crawley JN (2011) Reduced scent marking and ultrasonic vocalizations in the BTBR T+tf/J mouse model of autism. Genes Brain Behav 10:35-43.

9. Wöhr M, Kehl M, Borta A, Schänzer A, Schwarting RKW, Höglinger GU (2009) New insights into the relationship of neurogenesis and affect: Tickling induces hippocampal cell proliferation in rats emitting appetitive 50-kHz ultrasonic vocalizations. Neuroscience 163:1024-1030.

10. Wöhr M, Schwarting RKW (2007) Ultrasonic communication in rats: Can playback of 50-kHz calls induce approach behavior? PLoS ONE 2:e1365.


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