Dr Brandstaetter is a Zoologist with specialisations in developmental biology, physiology, neurobiology, neuroendocrinology, and circadian biology. His research approach is holistic and considers mechanistic investigations at various levels of organismal organisation to study molecular and cell biology, neurobiology and endocrinology, chronobiology, behaviour, ecology, and evolution of complex natural traits.
Throughout his career, Dr Brandstaetter has focused on the development of a unique teaching curriculum in Higher Education. Dr Brandstaetter’s University teaching experience includes the Universities of Vienna and Salzburg in Austria, the Universities of Giessen, Frankfurt and Munich in Germany, and the University of Ferrara in Italy. Dr Brandstaetter has also organised several international undergraduate and postgraduate events, such as summerschools and workshops.
At the University of Birmingham, Dr Brandstaetter is Head of the Zoology Degree Label and Head of the Human Biology Programme. He is module leader of BIO 394 Integrated Whole-Organism Biology, one of our most popular and best evaluated final year modules, and BIO 266 Animal Sensory Systems, Neurobiology, and Behaviour. Dr Brandstaetter also teaches on BIO 145 Evolution and Animal Biology, BIO 152 Cell Biology and Physiology, BIO 263 Human Evolution, and BIO 264 Developmental Biology. Further teaching activities include tutorial groups, final year project supervision, and Master’s and PhD project supervision. Dr Brandstaetter’s project topics include human biorhythms, neurobiology of learning and memory, and neurobiology and molecular biology of the circadian system. Dr Brandstaetter is a member of the strategic learning and teaching group of the School of Biosciences.
BRANDSTAETTER R., KUMAR V., ABRAHAM U. & E. GWINNER (2000) Photoperiodic information acquired in vivo is retained in vitro by a circadian oscillator, the avian pineal gland. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 97: 12324-12328.
GWINNER E. & R. BRANDSTAETTER (2001) Complex bird clocks. Phil. Trans. Royal Soc. Lond. B 356:1801-1810.
BRANDSTAETTER R., KUMAR, V., VAN´T HOF, T. & E. GWINNER (2001) Seasonal variation of in vivo and in vitro melatonin production in a passeriform bird, the house sparrow (Passer domesticus). J. Pineal Res. 31: 120-126.
BRANDSTAETTER R., ABRAHAM U. & U. ALBRECHT (2001) Initial demonstration of rhythmic Per gene expression in the hypothalamus of a non-mammalian vertebrate, the house sparrow (Passer domesticus). NeuroReport 12: 1167-1170.
ABRAHAM U., ALBRECHT U., GWINNER E. & R. BRANDSTAETTER (2002) Spatial and temporal variation of passerPer2 gene expression in two distinct cell groups of the suprachiasmatic hypothalamus in the house sparrow (Passer domesticus). European J. Neurosci. 16: 429-436.
BRANDSTAETTER R. (2003) Encoding time of day and time of year by the avian circadian pacemaking system. J. Neuroendocrinol. 15:398-404.
LANG R., HINTNER H., HERMANN A. & R. BRANDSTAETTER (2003) Photoperiod modulates melanoma growth in C57BL/6 Mice. Exp. Dermatol. 12: 510-513.
BERTOLUCCI C., WAGNER G., FOA A., GWINNER E. & R. BRANDSTAETTER (2003) Photoperiod modulates amplitude but not duration of in vitro melatonin production in the ruin lizard (Podarcis sicula). J. Biol. Rhythms. 18: 63-70.
BRANDSTAETTER R. & U. ABRAHAM (2003) Hypothalamic circadian organisation in birds: I. Anatomy, functional morphology and terminology. Chronobiol. Int. 20:637-55.
ABRAHAM, U., ALBRECHT, U. & R. BRANDSTAETTER (2003) Hypothalamic circadian organisation in birds: II. Clock gene expression. Chronobiol. Int. 20: 657-69.
BrandstAEtter R. & J. Krebs (2004) Obituary: Eberhard Gwinner (1938-2004). Nature. 432: 687.
BrandstAEtter R. (2004) Circadian lessons from peripheral clocks: is the time of the mammalian pacemaker up? Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 101: 5699-700.
Foa A, BrandstAEtter R & Bertolucci C. (2006) The circadian system of ruin lizards: a seasonally changing neuroendocrine loop? Chronobiol Int. 23: 317-327.
Helfer G, Fidler AE, Vallone D, Foulkes NS & BrandstAEtter R. (2006) Molecular analysis of clock gene expression in the avian brain. Chronobiol Int. 23:113-127.
JONES C, HELFER G & BRANDSTAETTER R. (2012) Melatonin receptor expression in the zebra finch brain and peripheral tissues. Chronobiol Int. (in press).