The Department of Neurobehavioral Genetics studies the basic principles of complexly inherited phenotypes and diseases, and collaborates closely with national and international cooperation partners.
Special attention is given to monogenic forms of normally complexly inherited traits. The department's main research is focused on gene-environment-interaction in attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder, autism, schizophrenia and stress-related diseases as well as the functional relevance of established or newly discovered genetic variants. These studies are realized by using modern research methods, e.g. genome-wide chip-based association and linkage analysis.
Behavioral Genetics is offered to students of psychology (MA, BA) as a minor subject. These students are to be enabled to recognize and evaluate genetic issues in the clinical daily routine. Furthermore, the department covers the subject of Human Genetics for master students of biology.