Dr Katharina Gapp | Post doctoral fellow

Gapp, Katharina

Katharina is a postdoctoral fellow in the group of Eric Miska, interested in environmentally triggered psychopathology and the role of epigenetics as a mean of storage of experiences. Her research focuses on epigenetic mechanisms underlying the transmission of acquired traits.

My research explores mechanisms underlying the epigenetic transmission of acquired traits, with a particular focus on inherited disease risk. During my phd studies in Isabelle Mansuy´s lab of neuroepigenetics at ETH Zürich I demonstrated the involvement of sperm RNAs in the transgenerational effects of early life stress. I am now interested in extrapolating these findings to other models.


  • Early life stress in fathers improves behavioural flexibility in their offspring.

    Gapp K, Soldado-Magraner S, Alvarez-Sánchez M, Bohacek J, Vernaz G et al.

    Nature communications 2014;5;5466

  • Pathological brain plasticity and cognition in the offspring of males subjected to postnatal traumatic stress.

    Bohacek J, Farinelli M, Mirante O, Steiner G, Gapp K et al.

    Molecular psychiatry 2015;20;5;621-31

  • Mitochondrial dysfunction and decrease in body weight of transgenic knock-in mouse model for TDP-43: the question of glucose?

    Jawaid A, Gapp K and Schulz PE

    The Journal of biological chemistry 2014;289;26;18593

  • Implication of sperm RNAs in transgenerational inheritance of the effects of early trauma in mice.

    Gapp K, Jawaid A, Sarkies P, Bohacek J, Pelczar P et al.

    Nature neuroscience 2014;17;5;667-9

  • Early life epigenetic programming and transmission of stress-induced traits in mammals: how and when can environmental factors influence traits and their transgenerational inheritance?

    Gapp K, von Ziegler L, Tweedie-Cullen RY and Mansuy IM

    BioEssays : news and reviews in molecular, cellular and developmental biology 2014;36;5;491-502

  • Epigenetics of memory and plasticity.

    Woldemichael BT, Bohacek J, Gapp K and Mansuy IM

    Progress in molecular biology and translational science 2014;122;305-40

  • Epigenetic regulation in neurodevelopment and neurodegenerative diseases.

    Gapp K, Woldemichael BT, Bohacek J and Mansuy IM

    Neuroscience 2014;264;99-111

  • Transgenerational epigenetic effects on brain functions.

    Bohacek J, Gapp K, Saab BJ and Mansuy IM

    Biological psychiatry 2013;73;4;313-20

Gapp, Katharina
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Dr. sc. ETH Zürich


Mag. rer. nat University of Vienna


Universidad Autonoma de Madrid Master thesis


Gymnasium Adolf Pichler Platz Innsbruck, Austria