Prof. Dr. med. Dr. h.c. Martin Witt


Universitätsmedizin Rostock 
Institut für Anatomie Rostock 
Prof. Dr. med. Martin Witt
Gertrudenstraße 9

18057 Rostock

Tel.: +49 (0)381 - 494 8409
Fax: +49 (0)381 - 494 8402  
Raum 3.23
E-Mail: martin.witt{bei}

Link zur Arbeitsgruppe: AG Chemosensory System

Scientific profile

Functional Morphology of Chemosensory Systems

Our group is currently working on the impact of general neurodegeneration on olfactory acuity. Currently, 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, electron microscopical and molecular biology techniques.

Further interests:

·         Distribution pattern of human olfactory epithelium
·         Regenerative potential of the human olfactory system
·         Human olfactory bulb and central olfactory pathways
·         Morphology and immunohistochemistry of the human vomeronasal organ


  • Association for Chemical Sciences (AChemS)
  • German Anatomical Society (Anatomische Gesellschaft)
  • European Chemoreception Research organization (ECRO)
  • Centre for Transdisciplinary Neurosciences Rostock (CTNR)

Ad-hoc reviewer in scientific journals

  • Ad hoc reviewer in more than 40 scientific journals and the Polish National Science Center (NCN)


NIH Bibliography

Curriculum vitae

since 2020 Vice chair, Dept of Anatomy, Rostock Univ. Med. Ctr.
since 2008 Extraordinary Professor of Anatomy, Rostock University Medical Center, Rostock, Germany
10/11 2007 Visiting Professor at the Batterjee Medical College, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
2005 Research Professor, Otorhinolaryngology, Taste and Smell Clinic, TU Dresden
2002 Visiting Professor at the University of Tokyo (Faculty of Frontier Sciences, Department of Integrated Biosciences)
1999 Extraordinary Professor of Anatomy, Technical University Dresden
1997-2005 Wissenschaftlicher Oberassistent (Dept. of Anatomy, TU Dresden)
1995 Appointed Associate Professor at the Dept. of Anatomy, Kuwait University (turned down)
1994-1997 Senior Physician ("Oberarzt") and Assistant Professor, Dept. of Anatomy, Technical University of Dresden, Germany
1994 Habilitation degree on "Carbohydrate histochemistry of vertebrate taste organs". University of Tübingen, Germany
1990 Research Fellow, Dept. of Neurobiology and Anatomy, Bowman Gray School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, N.C., USA
1988-1994 Senior Research Associate ("wissenschaftlicher Assistent"), Dept. of Anatomy, University of Tübingen
1984-1988 Research Associate (wissenschaftlicher Angestellter), Dept. of Anatomy, University of Tübingen
1986 Doctoral thesis in Medical Sciences (Ph.D.) on "Lectin histochemical and immunohistochemical characterization of the anterior pituitary of the rat". University of Tübingen, Germany
1983 American Medical Examination (ECFMG)
1983 State examination (M.D.) and admission as a physician at the University of Hamburg
1977-1983 Studies of Medicine at the Universities of Torino (Italy), Graz (Austria) and Hamburg (Germany)
1966 First swimming certificate