The Department of Forensic Medicine performs research in basic molecular mechanisms associated with drug of abuse and medications targeting the brain. In Steffen Sinning’s lab we are using a variety of techniques from molecular biology, biochemistry, biophysics and pharmacology to investigate how drugs, regulatory proteins and lipids modulate the function of key proteins in depression and addiction.
Our research is performed in collaboration with research groups at DANDRITE (AU), Translational Neuropsychiatry Unit (TNU), Yale University and New York University
The main focus of the Sinning lab is on molecular neuropharmacology, in particular how drugs of abuse and experimental antidepressants interact with target proteins (transporters and receptors) in the serotonergic and dopaminergic pathways. Specifically, we are interested in: