Khodosevich Group – University of Copenhagen

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Khodosevich Group

Our group studies mechanisms that are responsible for neuronal specification, positioning and circuit formation during prenatal and postnatal brain development, and how these mechanisms are impaired in neurodevelopmental psychiatric disorders (schizophrenia, epilepsy, autism).

Research focus

The research focus of the laboratory is to understand how diversity of inhibitory neurons is established during brain development, how functional properties for each subtype of inhibitory neurons mature and how dysfunction of inhibitory neurons contributes to cognitive impairments in psychiatric disorders. We address these questions from two complementary perspectives (see figure):

  • In vivo: We unravel signaling that specifies inhibitory neurons in vivo in mice and in humans during normal brain development and is disrupted in cognitive disorders. By interfering with thus identified signaling pathways, we determine their contribution to neuronal function, and by comparative analysis we reveal signaling pathways that are disturbed in inhibitory neurons in disordered brains.
  • In vitro: We analyze in vitro specification of inhibitory neurons to measure changes in gene expression pattern that mediate neuronal differentiation in living human cells. Importantly, in vivo and in vitro data are compared and will complement each other in the quest to understand how diversification of inhibitory neurons contributes to cognition.


The lab implements various modern technologies to study normal and abnormal brain development, including single cell transcriptomics, recombinant virology, stereotactic brain injections, in vitro differentiation of human pluripotent cells and CRISPR/Cas9.

Selected publications

Garcia-Gonzalez D.#, Khodosevich K.#, Watanabe Y., Rollenhagen A., Luebke J., Monyer H. (2017). Serotonergic Projections Govern Postnatal Neuroblast Migration. Neuron, 94(3): 534-49. Highlighted in Science Editor’s choice 

Pfisterer U., Khodosevich K. (2017). Survival of immature neurons in the brain: neuron type-specific mechanisms. Cell Death Dis, 8, e2643

Farrow P.#, Khodosevich K.#, Sapir Y., Schulmann A., Stern-Bach Y., Monyer H., von Engelhardt J. (2015). CKAMPs: a novel family of putative AMPA receptor auxiliary subunits. Elife, 4: e09693 

Khodosevich K., Jacobi E., Farrow P., Schulman A., Zhang L., Rusu A., Sprengel R., Monyer H., von Engelhardt J. (2014). Co-expressed auxiliary subunits exhibit distinct modulatory profiles on AMPA receptor function. Neuron, 83(3): 601-15. Video abstract; Article level metric = 68

Khodosevich K., Lazarini F., von Engelhardt J., Kaneko H., Lledo P. M., Monyer H. (2013). Connective tissue growth factor regulates interneuron survival and information processing in the olfactory bulb. Neuron, 79(6): 1136-1151. Highlighted in Neuron with a Preview

Khodosevich K., Zuccotti A, Kreuzberg M., Le Magueresse C., Frank M., Willecke K., Monyer H. (2012). Connexin45 modulates the proliferation of transit-amplifying precursor cells in the mouse subventricular zone. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A, 109(49): 20107-12.

Kreuzberg M., Kanov E., Timofeev O., Schwaninger M., Monyer H., Khodosevich K. (2010). Increased subventricular zone-derived cortical neurogenesis after ischemic lesion. Exp Neurol, 226: 90-99.