Genes, Development And Behavior
Department of Translational Neuroscience
Utrecht, The Netherlands

Peter Burbach

Position: Professor of Molecular Neuroscience
Phone: (+31) (0)88 75 68848
Phone secretariat: (+31) (0)88 75 68810


Brain disorders like autism, ADHD and mental retardation involve neurodevelopmental defects and are highly genetic in origin. I am interested in molecular mechanisms of normal brain development, and want to know what molecular networks are involved in developmental processes affected in autism.


Burbach JPH, and Meijer DH. (2019) Latrophilin's social protein network. Front Neurosci. 13:643

Kleijer KTE, Huguet G, Tastet J, Bourgeron T, and Burbach JPH. (2017) Anatomy and cell biology of autism spectrum disorder: lessons from human genetics. Adv Anat Embryol Cell Biol 224:1-25. 

Burbach JPH (2016) AUTISM. Unraveling a pathway to autism. Science 351(6278):1153-4. 

Kleijer KT, Schmeisser MJ, Krueger DD, Boeckers TM, Scheiffele P, Bourgeron T, Brose N, and Burbach JPH. (2014) Neurobiology of autism gene products: towards pathogenesis and drug targets. Psychopharmacology (Berl) 231:1037-62.


Smidt MP, and Burbach JPH. How to make a mesodiencephalic dopaminergic neuron. Nature Rev Neurosci. 8:21-32.