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Experimental Epilepsy ResearchDepartment of Neurosurgery

Dr. Catharina Donkels


  • Research interests and techniques

Human focal cortical dysplasia

In situ hybridization

Quantitative RT-PCR

Microarray techniques


Donkels C, Peters M, Fariña Núñez MT, Nakagawa JM, Kirsch M, Vlachos A, Scheiwe C, Schulze‐Bonhage A, Prinz M, Beck J, Haas CA (2020) Oligodendrocyte lineage and myelination are compromised in the gray matter of focal cortical dysplasia type IIa. Epilepsia 61:171-184. (access to article)

Nakagawa JM, Donkels C, Fauser S, Schulze-Bonhage A, Prinz M, Zentner J, Haas CA (2017). Characterization of focal cortical dysplasia with balloon cells by layer-specific markers: evidence for differential vulnerability of interneurons. Epilepsia 58(4):635-645. (access to article) 

Donkels C, Pfeifer D, Janz P, Huber S, Nakagawa J, Prinz M, Schulze-Bonhage A, Weyerbrock A, Zentner J, Haas CA (2017) Whole transcriptome screening reveals myelination deficits in dysplastic human temporal neocortex. Cerebral Cortex 27 (2): 1558-1572. (access to article)

Gerlach J, Donkels C, Muenzner G, Haas CA (2016) Persistent gliosis interferes with neurogenesis in organotypic hippocampal slice cultures.  Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience 10: 131. (access to article)

Fauser S, Häussler U, Donkels C, Huber S, Nakagawa J, Prinz M, Schulze-Bonhage A, Zentner J, Haas CA (2013) Disorganization of neocortical lamination in focal cortical dysplasia is brain-region dependent: Evidence from layer-specific marker expression. Acta Neuropathologica Communications, 1:47. (access to article)


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