Short CV/Education and training

  • 1989 – 1995
    Medical school, University of Vienna, Austria

  • 1992 – 1994
    ERASMUS scholarship to study at the Université Libre de Brussels, Belgium

  • 1995 – 2000
    PhD programme in neuroscience at Emory University, Atlanta, GA, USA

  • 2000 – 2004
    Clinical training in psychiatry and postdoctoral position in human genetics at the Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry in Munich, Germany

  • Since 2004
    Assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Science and the Department of Human Genetics at Emory University School of Medicine

  • Since 2007
    Director of the research group: Molecular genetics of depression, at the Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry; W2-equivalent position

Selected publications

  • Erhardt, A. et al.: TMEM132D: a new candidate for anxiety phenotypes – evidence from human and mouse studies. In: Molecular Psychiatry 2010 [Epub ahead of print].

  • Binder, E.B. et al.: Association of polymorphisms in genes regulating the CRH system with antidepressant treatment response in the STAR*D sample. In: Archives of General Psychiatry 67(4), 2010. S. 369-379.

  • Kohli, M.A. et al.: Genetic variants in the neurotrophic receptor encoding gene NTRK2 are associated with a life history of suicide attempts in depressed patients. In: Archives of General Psychiatry 67(4), 2010. S. 348-359. Epub 2010 Feb 1.

  • Ressler, K.J. et al.: Polymorphisms in CRHR1 and the serotonin transporter loci: gene x gene x environment interactions on depressive symptoms. In: American J. of Medical Genetics Part B. 153B(3), 2010. S. 812-824. 2009 Dec 22 [Epub ahead of print].

  • Binder, E.B.: The role of FKBP5, a co-chaperone of the glucocorticoid receptor in the pathogenesis and therapy of affective and anxiety disorders. In: Psychoneuroendocrinology. 34(1), 2009. S. 186-195. Jun 25 [Epub ahead of print].

  • Binder, E.B. et al.: Association of FKBP5 Polymorphisms and Childhood Abuse with Risk of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms in Adults. In: JAMA 299(11), 2008. S. 1-5.

  • Bradley, R.G. et al.: Influence of child abuse on adult depression: moderation by the corticotropin-releasing hormone receptor gene. In: Arch Gen Psychiatry. 65(2), 2008. S. 190-200.

  • Pfennig, A. et al.: HPA System Regulation and Suicidal Behavior in Depression. In: Biological Psychiatry 57(4), 2005. S. 336-342.

  • Binder, E.B. et al.: Polymorphisms in FKBP5 determine a novel subtype of depression characterized by increased recurrence and rapid response to antidepressant treatment. In: Nature Genetics 36(12), 2004. S. 1319-1325.

  • Binder, E.B. et al.: Enhanced neurotensin neurotransmission is involved in the clinically relevant behavioral effects of antipsychotic drugs: evidence from animal models of sensorimotor gating. In: Journal of Neuroscience 21, 2001. S. 601-608.

Selected projects


  • FKBP5: a novel target for antidepressant therapy. International publication number: WO 2005/054500

  • Polymorphisms in ABCB1 associated with a lack of clinical response to medication. International application number: PCT/EP2005/005194

  • Means and methods for diagnosing predisposition for treatment-emergent suicidal ideation (TESI). European application number: 08016477.5; International application number: PCT/EP2009/061575

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Equal opportunity liaison for the biomedical section of the Max Planck Society, since 2009

  • Associate member of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, since 2007

  • Society of Neuroscience, 1995 – 2000, since 2006

  • Collegium Internationale Neuro-Psychopharmacologicum, since 2006

  • Society of Biological Psychiatry, since 2006

  • American Society of Human Genetics, since 2002

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Other activities and achievements/family

  • 3 children


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