Ulrike Weber-Stadlbauer

Ulrike Weber-Stadlbauer, Ph.D.

Junior Group Leader

Phone: +41 44 63 58777

Address: Winterthurerstrasse 260, 8057 Zürich

Room number: TFA 00.31


Curriculum Vitae


Ulrike Weber - Stadlbauer

Born 25th of December 1982 in Austria






Institute of Veterinary Pharmacology and Toxicology

University of Zurich

Winterthurerstrasse 260

CH-8057 Zürich



Education and Academic Positions


2017 - pres.

Junior Group Leader

Pharmacology and Toxicology Group

Vetsuisse Faculty, University Zurich


2015 - 2017


Postdoctoral fellow

Pharmacology and Toxicology Group

Vetsuisse Faculty, University Zurich


2014 - 2015


Postdoctoral fellow

Physiology and Behavior Laboratory

ETH Zurich



Doctoral Degree (Ph.D.)

ETH Zurich, Switzerland


2010 - 2013

Doctoral Studies (Ph.D.)

Physiology and Behavior Laboratory, ETH Zurich, Switzerland


2001 – 2008

Studies of Nutritional Sciences (M.Sc.)

University Vienna



Research Interests


Dr. Weber’s main research interests are centered upon the question of how early-life environmental adversities such as prenatal infection can influence brain development and shape the risk of long-term brain abnormalities. One of Dr. Weber's current research lines explores non-genetic transgenerational inheritance of neuronal and behavioral abnormalities relevant to major neuropsychiatric disorders, including schizophrenia and autism. More specifically, she investigates these processes in a translational mouse model of maternal gestational infection, which is an established environmental risk factor of schizophrenia and autism. Dr. Weber’s research combines behavioral and cognitive tests, immunological assays and neuroanatomical techniques and further involves the use of various molecular techniques to explore the epigenetic mechanisms underlying the transgenerational transmission of pathological traits induced by prenatal infection.



     Editorial Activities

Dr. Weber serves as an ad-hoc referee for several peer-reviewed scientific journals in the fields of neuroscience and behavior, including Neuropeptides, Neuroscience Letters, Psychoneuroendocrinology, Genes, Brain and Behavior, Behavioral Brain Research, Physiology and Behavior and Journal of Neurochemistry.



Academic Teaching and Student Supervision


Dr. Weber teaches various classes in the fields of basic pharmacology and physiology, neuropharmacology, and behavioral neurosciences at the University of Zurich and ETH Zurich, Switzerland. She serves as a supervisor of graduate research students (currently 2 PhD candidates and 2 Master Studentsand is engaged in their supervision at the theoretical and practical levels. In addition to her academic teaching and supervising activities, Dr. Weber also speaks at various international scientific conferences.



Selected Publications

Labouesse MA, Sartori AM, Weinmann O, Simpson EH, Kellendonk C, Weber-Stadlbauer U (2018). Striatal dopamine 2 receptor upregulation during development predisposes to diet-induced obesity by reducing energy output in mice. PNAS 115(41):10493-10498.


Richetto J, Polesel M, Weber-Stadlbauer U (2019). Effects of light and dark phase testing on the investigation of behavioural paradigms in mice: Relevance for behavioural neuroscience. 

Pharmacol Biochem Behav.: 178:19-29.


Zarb Y, Weber-Stadlbauer U, Kirschenbaum D, Kindler DR, Richetto J, Keller D, Rademakers R, Dickson DW, Pasch A, Byzova T, Nahar K, Voigt FF, Helmchen F, Boss A, Aguzzi A, Klohs J, Keller A (2019). Ossified blood vessels in primary familial brain calcification elicit a neurotoxic astrocyte response. Brain. doi: 10.1093/brain/awz032. [Epub ahead of print]


Weber-Stadlbauer U (2017). Epigenetic and transgenerational mechanisms in infection-mediated neurodevelopmental disorders. Transl Psychiatry. May 2;7(5):e1113. 


Mueller FS, Polesel M, Richetto J, Meyer U, Weber-Stadlbauer U 

(2018). Mouse models of maternal immune activation: Mind your caging system! Brain Behav Immun. 73:643-660.


Bohacek J, Weber-Stadlbauer U, Mansuy IM (2018). Paternal experience impacts cognitive function in offspring: a pre-existing concept. Mol Psychiatry. 23(4):794-795. 


Weber-Stadlbauer U, Richetto J, Labouesse MA, Bohacek J, Mansuy IM, Meyer U (2017). Transgenerational transmission and modification of pathological traits induced by prenatal immune activation.

Mol Psychiatry. 22(1):102-112.


Richetto J, Massart R, Weber-Stadlbauer U, Szyf M, Riva MA, Meyer U (2017). Genome-wide DNA Methylation Changes in a Mouse Model of Infection-Mediated Neurodevelopmental Disorders.

Biol Psychiatry. 81(3):265-276.