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Katharina Tillmann
Dr. med. vet. Katharina TillmannPost Doctoral Researcher

Center for Physiology and Pharmacology, (Division of Neurophysiology)
Position: Research Associate (Postdoc)

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Laboratory Animal Science

Research interests

I am interested in laboratory animal behavior as a response to their environment, especially housing systems and environmental enrichment. My main goal is to influence laboratory animal welfare by improving husbandry systems and enrichment measures. At the Pollak Lab we are also studying the neurobiological mechanism underlying psychiatric disorder from the systemic to the molecular level in the mouse model. We are generating and analyzing specific models for depressive disorders and addiction using both environmental as well as genetic manipulations and also studying the interaction between the two factors in the pathophysiology of mental illnesses.

Techniques, methods & infrastructure

We are using fully-automated, state of the art equipment for behavioral analysis of mice, including specific tests for anxiety, depression and addiction. Additionally, members of the lab routinely employ all standard molecular biological and biochemical as well as histological methods.


  • Belastungserhebung von Einstreu-Sentinel-Tieren anhand 3 verschiedener Parameter (2018)
    Source of Funding: Medical University of Vienna, GV - SOLAS
    Principal Investigator

Selected publications

  1. Müller, K. et al. (2022) ‘Exposure to soiled bedding reduces abnormal repetitive behaviors in mice’, Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, 16. Available at:
  2. Tillmann, K. et al. (2019) ‘Welfare assessment in rabbits raised for meat and laboratory purposes in enclosures with two floor types: Perforated plastic with holes versus slats’, Research in Veterinary Science, 122, pp. 200–209. Available at: