Dr. rer. nat. Markus Mühlhan

Dr. Markus Mühlhan

Dr. rer. nat. Markus Mühlhan
Professor for Neurosciences

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20457 Hamburg

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Markus Mühlhan did an apprenticeship in the field of electrical engineering (1995-1998). Following the apprenticeship, he completed a 13-months long civilian service (1998-1999) in the youth- and drug counselling of Goslar and he subsequently completed his Abitur (High school diploma equivalent) at the upper vocational school Goslar (1999-2001). At the University of Oldenburg he studied Psychology with the minor Biology from 2001-2007. After completion of his studies, Markus Mühlhan was Academic Staff for Biopsychology at the TU-Dresden (Prof. Dr. Clemens Kirschbaum) from 2007-2012. After completion of his doctoral thesis he progressed to the Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy at TU-Dresden (Prof. Dr. Hans Ulrich Wittchen). Since October 2016, Mühlhan holds a professorial position for Neurosciences at MSH Medical School Hamburg.


Teaching responsibilities include lectures, seminars, internship and elective modules in the fields of Biological Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Neurosciences, imaging and psychophysiological methodologies. Mühlhan reviewed and/or supervised more than 40 theses during his time at the University of Dresden in the fields of Psychology and Medical Engineering. He was awarded the Karl und Charlotte Bühler Award for outstanding commitment in teaching, in 2010, 2013, 2014 and 2015.

Research Focus and Grant Acquisition

In his research, Markus Mühlhan deals with neuro-endocrinological and neurocognitive adaptations during stress, anxiety and substance abuse disorders. Involved in the nationwide research project „Childhood Abuse and Neglect as a cause and consequence of Substance Abuse – understanding risks and improving Services (CANSAS)“, funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, he examines the relationships between early stressors on the stress response of alcohol-dependent patients in the project cluster P1.B.: PD Dr. I. Schäfer (PI), Prof. Dr. S. Barnow, Prof. Dr. C. Kirschbaum, Dr. M. Mühlhan, Prof. Dr. K. Wiedemann

Coordinator: PD Dr. Ingo Schäfer.


In collaboration with Prof. Dr. Katja Beesdo-Baum, Dr Mühlhan is Principal Investigator (PI) in the project C5 of the Collaborative Research Centre „Volition and Cognitive Control“ (SFB 940) of the University of Dresden, in which he examines neurological foundations of the volitional control in certain phobia.

Spokesman SFB 940: Prof. Dr. Thomas Goschke


In collaboration with Prof. Dr. Nina Alexander, he examines the relationships between epigenetic modifications in stress-induced genes and the functional connectivity of large-scale brain networks under stimulation and in the resting-state.  

Review activities in academic journals

  • Frontiers in Behavioural Neuroscience (Review Editor)
  • Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
  • Behavioural and Brain Functions
  • Stress
  • Biological Psychiatry
  • Psychoneuroendocrinology (PNEC)
  • Brain Imaging and Behavior
  • Cortex
  • Social, Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience (SCAN)
  • International Journal of Methods in Psychiatric Research (IJMPR)


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