The research group "Molecular Psychiatry" investigates the genetic and epigenetic basis of psychiatric diseases. Psychiatric disorders are complex diseases to which various genetic, epigenetic and environmental factors contribute.
By studying the biological basis of these disorders, we aim to better understand the development and progression of mental illnesses and thus contribute to the development of more effective treatment and prevention.
What is epigenetics?
The term epigenetics describes, on the one hand, chemical modifications to DNA and proteins that bind to DNA and, on the other hand, RNAs that can interact with DNA. These epigenetic mechanisms are influenced by environmental factors and regulate the activity of genes.