Urs Meyer

Urs Meyer, Ph.D.

Professor of Pharmacology

Telfax: +41 (0) 44 635 88 44

Room number: TFA 00.33


Curriculum Vitae


Urs Meyer

Born 16th September, 1977 in Zofingen, Switzerland




Institute of Veterinary Pharmacology and Toxicology

Winterthurerstrasse 260

CH-8057 Zurich


Education and Academic Positions

2015 – pres.



University of Zurich, Vetsuisse, Switzerland

2011 – 2015



ETH Zurich, Switzerland

2011 – 2014

Junior Group Leader

Physiology & Behavior Laboratory, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

2008 – 2010

Postdoctoral Fellow

Behavioral Neurobiology Laboratory, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

2007 – 2008

Postdoctoral Fellow

Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Ludwig-Maximilian University, Munich, Germany


Doctoral Degree (Ph.D.)

ETH Zurich, Switzerland

2004 – 2007

Doctoral Studies (Ph.D.)

Behavioral Neurobiology Laboratory, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

2000 – 2004

Studies of Biology (M.Sc.), Specialization in Neurosciences

ETH Zurich, Switzerland

1998 – 2000

Studies of Philosophy

University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland


Research Interests

Dr. Meyer’s main research interests are centered upon the question of how early-life environmental adversities such as prenatal infection, pubertal stress, and nutritional imbalances can influence brain development and shape the risk of long-term brain abnormalities. His work combines behavioral and cognitive tests, immunological assays and neuroanatomical techniques in rodent models, including models of gene-environment and environment-environment interactions relevant to multifactorial neurodevelopmental disorders such as schizophrenia and autism. Dr. Meyer’s research also includes molecular investigations to examine the role of epigenetic processes underlying the environmentally induced brain pathologies and uses pharmacological approaches with the aim to establish novel symptomatic and preventive treatments against chronic brain disorders with neurodevelopmental origins. 


Editorial Activities

Dr. Meyer serves as an ad-hoc referee for a wide range of peer-reviewed scientific journals in the fields of neuroscience and psychiatry, including American Journal of Psychiatry, Biological Psychiatry, Brain Behavior & Immunity, Journal of Neuroscience, Lancet Psychiatry, Molecular Psychiatry, Neuropsychopharmacology, Schizophrenia Bulletin, Science, and Translational Psychiatry. He is an editorial board member of Brain Behavior & Immunity and Frontiers in Psychiatry.


Grant Reviewing

Dr. Meyer serves as an ad-hoc referee for the European Research Council (ERC), Medical Research Council (MRC) UK, Health Research Board Ireland, Israel Science Foundation, Nancy Lurie Marks Family Foundation, and Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF).

Full List of Publications and Citation Metrics

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ORCID: 0000-0001-7244-0345