Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Wurst

Contact Details

Business card at TUMonline

Academic Career and Research Areas

Prof. Wurst (b. 1955) explores the fields of molecular genetics, embryology, molecular neurogenetics and neural development in order to develop genetic methods to determine gene function in the entire organism.

Prof. Wurst studied biology and chemistry at the University of Freiburg. He completed his doctorate at the University of Göttingen in 1988 and stayed on for a year to do postdoctoral research. Following several years of postdoctoral work at Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto, he returned to Germany in 1994. He was junior research group leader at the Institute of Mammalian Genetics at the GSF Research Center in Munich and a group leader at the Max Planck Institute (MPI) of Psychiatry in 1997. Since 2002, Prof. Wurst has served as Head of the Chair of Developmental Genetics and Director of the Institute of Developmental Genetics, Helmholtz Zentrum München. He is also Head of the “Molecular Research Genetics” research group at MPI. Prof. Wurst is actively involved in numerous international research projects and panels and holds 9 patents.


  • DFG Postdoc Stipendium (1989-1991)
  • DAAD Postdoc Stipendium (1989)
  • FG Reisestipendium (1988)
  • DFG Doktorandenstipendium (1984- 1988)

Key Publications

Enard W, et al.: "A humanized version of Foxp2 affects cortico-basal ganglia circuits in mice." Cell. 2009;137(5): 961-71.


Wizenmann A, et al.: "Extracellular Engrailed participates in the topographic guidance of retinal axons in vivo." Neuron. 2009; 64(3): 355-66.


Collins F, et al.: "A mouse for all reasons." Cell. 2007; 128(1): 9-13.


Prakash N, et al.: "A Wnt1-regulated genetic network controls the identity and fate of midbrain-dopaminergic progenitors in vivo." Development. 2006; 133(1): 89-98.


Muller MB, et al.: "Limbic corticotropin-releasing hormone receptor 1 mediates anxiety-related behavior and hormonal adaptation to stress." Nature Neuroscience. 2003; 6(10): 1100-7.