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Dr. Benjamin Jurek

 


Research

 Research


My main research interest is focussed on understanding the molecular mechanisms of neuropeptides in selected brain regions. The aim is to bridge the gap between the release of neuropeptides (e.g. oxytocin) and a behavioural response, to achieve a better understanding of the mechanisms that modulate behaviour.
In order to investigate these questions I make use of several analytical techniques including: implantation of icv cannula, behavioural tests (e.g. Plusmaze) primary cell culture, protein/RNA extraction, Western blot, in-cell-Western Blots, quantitative real time PCR, immunohistochemistry, Chromatin immuno precipitation (ChIP).

Profile

Profile

 

since 2014

Postdoctoral researcher at Prof. Neumann’s group 

 

2014

granting of the doctorate, entitled: “The effects of oxytocin: regulation of stress and anxiety by means of oxytocin receptor-coupled signaling cascades.”

 

2010

PhD student in neurobiology in Prof. Neumann's group at the University of Regensburg, Germany.

 

2009-2010

MSc (Diplom)student in biology in Prof. Neumann's group at the University of Regensburg (Diploma/Master thesis: "Interactions of MAP kinase intracellular signalling pathways induced by oxytocin: implications for stress and anxiety")

 

2009-2007

Graduate studies in biology at the University of Regensburg with focus on Genetics, Cellbiology, and Zoology/Neurophysiology

 

2004-2007

undergraduate studies in biology at the University of Regensburg

 

Born April 9th, 1983 in Altötting, Germany

 

 

Publications

Publications

 

Jurek B, Slattery DA, Hiraoka Y, Liu Y, Nishimori K, Aguilera G, Neumann ID, van den Burg EH (2015) Oxytocin Regulates Stress-Induced Crf Gene Transcription through CREB-Regulated Transcription Coactivator 3. J Neurosci 35:12248-12260

Bayerl DS, Kaczmarek V, Jurek B, van den Burg EH, Neumann ID, Klampfl SM, Bosch OJ (2015). Local infusion of the V1bR antagonist SSR149415 in the MPOA or the mpBNST modulates maternal behavior in lactating rats. Hormones and Behavior (submitted)

Jong TR, Menon R, Bludau A, Grund T, Biermeier V, Klampfl SM, Jurek B, Bosch OJ, Hellhammer J, Neumann ID (2015) Salivary oxytocin concentrations in response to running, sexual self-stimulation, breastfeeding and the TSST: The Regensburg Oxytocin Challenge (ROC) study. Psychoneuroendocrinology 62:381-388.

Jurek B, Slattery DA, Maloumby R, Hillerer K, Koszinowski S, Neumann ID, van den Burg EH (2012). Differential Contribution of Hypothalamic MAPK Activity to Anxiety-Like Behaviour in Virgin and Lactating Rats. PLoS ONE 7(5): e37060. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0037060

Jurek B, Martinetz S, van den Burg EH, Neumann ID, Aguilera G (2011). The control of CRH gene expression by oxytocin: putative roles of TORC and MAP kinases. Program No. 191.11. 2011 Neuroscience Meeting Planner. Washington, DC: Society for Neuroscience, 2011. Online

 

  1. Fakultäten
  2. Fakultät für Biologie und Vorklinische Medizin

Dr. Benjamin Jurek

 

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Tel: +49 941-943-3080

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