Prof. Dr. Alon Chen

Prof. Dr. Alon Chen

Director | Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry

Main Focus

The collective long-term goal of our research is to elucidate the pathways and mechanisms by which stressors are perceived, processed, and transduced into neuroendocrine and behavioral responses under healthy and pathological conditions. Our current projects include the following interlinked topics:

  • Stress response regulation and circuitry
  • Etiology and pathophysiology of stress-induced psychopathologies
  • Genetic risk factors and their interaction with the environment
  • MicroRNAs and epigenetic regulation of the stress response
  • Early-life stress reprogramming
  • Stress and metabolic functions
  • Endophenotypes and group social interaction
  • Stress vulnerability and resilience
  • Stress, cognition and neuronal plasticity

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