Kognitionspsychologie - Cognitive Psychology












Dr. rer. nat. Dirk Moser (Laborleiter)

Head of Molecular Genetics Lab

Room: GAFO 04/621

Phone: +49 234 32 24616

E-Mail: dirk.moser@rub.de

Office hours: by arrangement

Curriculum Vitae


Scientific career

Since 2014 Head of the  Molecular Genetics Lab in the Department of Cognitive Psychology/Genetic Psychology, Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany

2011-2013 Post-Doc in the Department of Department of Sports Medicine, Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz, Germany

2010 – 2011 Post-doc in the Department of Molecular Psychology, State University of New York at Stony Brook, USA

2008 - 2009 Post-doc in the Life Sciences Research Unit, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg

2003 - 2008 PhD-student in the Institute of Psychobiology, Department of Neurobehavioral Genetics, University of Trier, Germany

2000-2002 Research period in the University Clinic for Psychiatry and Psychosomatics Research Freiburg, Germany

1992 - 1999 Diploma in Biology at the Julius-Maximilians-University, Würzburg; Philipps-University, Marburg; University Research Centre for Psychobiology and Psychosomatics (FPP), University of Trier, Germany

1990 Abitur at the Hindenburg Gymnasium, Trier, Germany



Ehlert T, Simon P, Moser DA (2013). Epigenetics in sports. Sports Med 43: 93-110.

Neuberger EW, Jurkiewicz M, Moser DA, Simon P (2012). Detection of EPO gene doping in blood. Drug Test Anal 4: 859-869.

Moser DA, Neuberger EW, Simon P (2012). A quick one-tube nested PCR-protocol for EPO
Transgene detection. Drug Test Anal 4: 870-875.

Neuberger EW, Moser DA, Simon P (2011). Principle considerations for the use of
transcriptomics in doping research. Drug Test Anal 3: 668-675.

Mueller A, Armbruster D, Moser DA, Canli T, Lesch KP, et al. (2011). Interaction of
Serotonin transporter gene-linked polymorphic region and stressful life events predicts
cortisol stress response. Neuropsychopharmacology 36: 1332-1339.

Philippidou D, Schmitt M, Moser D, Margue C, Nazarov PV, et al. (2010). Signatures of
microRNAs and selected microRNA target genes in human melanoma. Cancer Res 70: 4163

Palmason H, Moser D, Sigmund J, Vogler C, Hanig S, et al. (2010). Attention
deficit/hyperactivity disorder phenotype is influenced by a functional catechol-O
methyltransferase variant. J Neural Transm 117: 259-267.

Brocke B, Lesch KP, Armbruster D, Moser DA, Muller A, et al. (2010). Stathmin, a Gene
Regulating Neural Plasticity, Affects Fear and Anxiety Processing in Humans. American
Journal of Medical Genetics Part B-Neuropsychiatric Genetics 153B: 243-251.

Moser D, Ekawardhani S, Kumsta R, Palmason H, Bock C, et al. (2009). Functional analysis
of a potassium-chloride co-transporter 3 (SLC12A6) promoter polymorphism leading to an
additional DNA methylation site. Neuropsychopharmacology 34: 458-467.

Kumsta R, Moser D, Streit F, Koper JW, Meyer J, et al. (2009). Characterization of a
Glucocorticoid receptor gene (GR, NR3C1) promoter polymorphism reveals functionality and
extends a haplotype with putative clinical relevance. Am J Med Genet B Neuropsychiatr
Genet 150B: 476-482.

Armbruster D, Mueller A, Moser DA, Lesch KP, Brocke B, et al. (2009). Interaction effect of
D4 dopamine receptor gene and serotonin transporter promoter polymorphism on the cortisol
Stress response. Behav Neurosci 123: 1288-1295.

Armbruster D, Moser DA, Strobel A, Hensch T, Kirschbaum C, et al. (2009). Serotonin
transporter gene variation and stressful life events impact processing of fear and anxiety. Int J
Neuropsychopharmacol 12: 393-401.

Moser D, Molitor A, Kumsta R, Tatschner T, Riederer P, et al. (2007). The glucocorticoid
receptor gene exon 1-F promoter is not methylated at the NGFI-A binding site in human
hippocampus. World J Biol Psychiatry 8: 262-268.

Buss C, Schuelter U, Hesse J, Moser D, Phillips DI, et al. (2007). Haploinsufficiency of the
SERPINA6 gene is associated with severe muscle fatigue: A de novo mutation in
corticosteroid-binding globulin deficiency. J Neural Transm 114: 563-569.

Mossner R, Freitag CM, Marziniak M, Moser D, Sommer C, et al. (2006). The functional
Val158Met variant of the COMT gene is not associated with migraine with or without aura. J
Headache Pain 7: 165-166.

Willmroth F, Spleiss O, Wiesmann K, Moser D, Atmanspacher R, et al. (2002). Expression of
G-proteins and regulators of G-protein signalling in neutrophils of patients with bipolar
disorder: effects of mood stabilizers. Bipolar Disord 4 Suppl 1: 75-76.


Ad Hoc Reviewer

BioMed Central
Biological Psychiatry
Childhood Development
International Journal of Developmental Neuroscience
Journal of Psychiatric Research
Plos One
Psychiatry Research



2013 Academy of Sports Medicine, Oberstdorf
Academy for Further Education in Sports Medicine: From gene therapy to gene-doping
2013/2012 University of Frankfurt
Academy for Further Education in Sports Medicine: Doping in professional sports
2013/2012/2011 University of Mainz
Colloquium for graduate students of sports medicine
2010 Stony Brook University
Molecular Psychology
2009/2008/2006 University of Trier
(Twice per year) Organization and supervision of a 1-week practical laboratory course for students of geography at the department of Ecotoxicology & Toxicology (Prof. Dr. Brunhilde Blömeke)
2008 - 2004 University of Trier
(Twice per year) Organization and supervision of a practical laboratory course for students of psychobiology at the department of Neurobehavioral Genetics (Prof. Dr. Jobst Meyer)
2007 University of Trier
„Molekularbiologisches Schulpraktikum“
(funded by the Ministerium für Bildung, Wissenschaft, Jugend und Kultur, Rheinland-Pfalz)
2006 University of Dresden
Organization and supervision of a practical laboratory course at the Institute of Biological Psychology; Technical University of Dresden (Prof. Dr. Clemens Kirschbaum)
2000 University of Trier
Genetics for students of Psychology