Sina Schalbetter

Sina Schalbetter

Doctoral Ph.D. Student

Phone: +41 44 63 58764

Address: Winterthurerstrasse 260, 8057 Zürich

Room number: TFA 00.55

Curriculum Vitae


Sina Maria Schalbetter

Born 1st March, 1990 in Brig, Switzerland
Nationality Swiss
Address Institute of Veterinary Pharmacology and Toxicology, University of Zurich, Winterthurerstrasse 260, CH-8057 Zürich

Education and Academic Positions


06/2017 – pres.

Doctoral Studies (Ph.D.)

Pharmacology and Toxicology

Vetsuisse Faculty, University Zurich, Switzerland



Research assistant

Brain Research Institute, Group of Prof. Martin Schwab, ETH and University of Zurich, Switzerland



Studies of Biology (M.Sc.), Specialization in Molecular Health Science

ETH Zurich, Switzerland


Studies of Biology (B.Sc.)

ETH Zurich, Switzerland

Research Interests

Sina Schalbetter’s main research interests are centred upon the role of microglia in brain maturation and behaviour relevant to neurodevelopmental disorders. Microglia are known as the resident immune cells of the central nervous system and are involved in processes crucial for early brain development and wiring of synaptic circuits. Research from the past years provided evidence that aberrant microglia function could promote neurodevelopmental disorders such as schizophrenia. Sina Schalbetter aims to specifically manipulate microglia during distinct developmental stages and investigate possible short- and long-term behavioural and neuroanatomical effects. In order to address the question of whether and how microglia influence brain maturation and brain maintenance, she will apply a broad range of different approaches using intracerebral stereotaxic injection, behavioural and cognitive testing, as well as immunohistochemical and biochemical post-mortem analysis.