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B5 Effects of genotype and environment on mental health and quality of life

PI: Prof. Dr. Norbert Sachser
Research Group: Department of Behavioural Biology, Institute of Neuro- and Behavioural Biology
Co-PI: Prof. Dr. Monika Stoll
Doctoral students: Janina Feige-Diller, Elena Groneberg

Behavioral phenotypes are shaped by the interplay of genotype and environment during early phases of life. As a consequence, they are adjusted to the environmental conditions later in life. However, when a mismatch exists between the environmental conditions during early phases of life and the actual later environment the individual encounters, evolutionary medicine predicts negative consequences for mental health and quality of life. In this project, we will test this currently much debated hypothesis in mice and, in addition, assess the underlying molecular basis.