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Cichon Sven

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Sven Cichon


Diploma in Biology

Research Group Genomic Imaging

Head of Medical Genetics, Institute of Medical Genetics and Pathology, University Hospital Basel, Switzerland

Member of the Executive Committee of the Department of Biomedicine, University of Basel, Switzerland

Research Topic

Genomic Imaging: Influence of genetic factors on the healthy and sick brain

The international Human Genome Project has delivered a complete sequence of the human genome to the scientific community and has formed the basis to gain fascinating insights into the extent of genetic variability in humans. In the course of the past few years, these findings have enabled the identification of genetic risk factors for neuropsychiatric and neurodegenerative diseases. An important step towards understanding the pathophysiology will be a detailed investigation of the risk genes by genomic imaging. The research group genomic imaging aims to find out which structural and functional changes are caused by these genetic variants and how they contribute to the development of neuropsychiatric and neurodegenerative diseases.

Methods and Tools

  • Molecular genetic analysis of genetic variability in the human genome
  • Structural and functional MRI of the brain
  • Transcriptomic and epigenomic analyses of brain tissue and cells


Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine (INM-1)
Forschungszentrum Jülich
52425 Jülich
Institute of Medical Genetics and Pathology
University of Basel
Schönbeinstrasse 40
CH-4031 Basel


Phone: +41 61 265 3647