Chemosensory Systems

Group members

Prof. Dr. med. Martin Witt  
Dipl. Umweltwiss. Anja Meyer  
Heike Brückmann, MTA

Current PhD students

René Günther: The vomeronasal organ (VNO) in NPC1 mice
Anja Meyer: The olfactory mucosa in NPC1 mice and impact of combination therapy with miglustat/cyclodextrin on its recovery
Victoria Schröter: The olfactory epithelium in Huntington´s Disease
Lina-M. Krysewski: The VNO in Huntington´s disease
Ulrich Kaiser: Proliferative events in the olfactory bulb of NPC1 deficient mice

Scientific profile

Functional Morphology of Chemosensory Systems

Our group is currently working on the impact of general neurodegeneration on olfactory acuity. We use several animal models that mimic defects occurring in human diseases such as Idiopathic Parkinson´s Syndrome, Huntington´s disease or Niemann-Pick disease. Most outcomes are based on immunohistochemical and electron microscopical techniques.

Further interests:

• Distribution pattern of human olfactory epithelium 
• Characterization of olfactory cell cultures 
• Regenerative potential of the human olfactory system  
• Human olfactory bulb and central olfactory pathways  
• Morphology and immunohistochemistry of the human vomeronasal organ
• Functional morphology of taste buds
• Histocompatibility of anterior eye chamber stents (glaucoma research)


• Immunohistochemistry
• Electron microscopy


• Marcus Frank, PhD, Electron microscopic center

• Marina Hovakimyan, PhD, IBMT

• Thomas Hummel, MD, PhD, Dresden University of Technology Medical School


Prof. Dr. med. Martin Witt 
group leader

Tel.: +49 (0)381 - 494 8435  
Raum: 2.33  
E-Mail: martin.witt{bei}med.uni-rostock.de