Professor Tim Karl


Professor, Behavioural Neuroscience, School of Medicine


Tim Karl graduated from the Leipniz University of Hanover (Germany) in 2003 with a PhD in Zoology (Behavioural Neuroscience). Until 2008, he was a postdoctoral researcher at the Garvan Institute working on rodent models for anxiety and schizophrenia. In 2008, Tim Karl established his own research team at Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA). His research focused on the neuro-behavioural consequences of gene-environment interactions in animal models for schizophrenia and the discovery of new therapeutic targets for Alzheimer's disease. Since 2016, Tim Karl is a Professor at Western Sydney University, where he continues his preclinical research into schizophrenia and Alzheimer's disease. He also investigates the detrimental and potentially beneficial properties of cannabis constituents for brain disorders. Finally, Tim's research aims to enhance the validity of rodent models and the well-being of test animals in medical research by providing more stimulating housing conditions and utilising more natural test system models.

Prof Karl is currently funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC Career Development Fellowship, Project Grants, Dementia Research Team Initiative) and the Rebecca L Cooper Medical Research Foundation and has received funding from the Motor Neuron Disease Research Institute of Australia, the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation (USA), the German Research Foundation (DFG), and other funding bodies (e.g. Mason Foundation National Research Program, Ramaciotti Foundation) in the past.

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Research Interests

  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Behavioural Neuroscience
  • Gene-environment interactions
  • Mouse models
  • Pharmacology
  • Preclinical research into brain disorders
  • Schizophrenia


  • Biological Psychiaty Australia (2014)
  • International Behavioral Neuroscience Society (2013)
  • Australasian Neuroscience Society (2008)


  • Animal Care and Ethics Committee, WSU
  • Admissions Committee, School of Medicine
  • Institutional Biosafey Committee, ANSTO
  • Scientific Advisory Committee, Rebecca L. Cooper Medical Research Foundation
  • School Research and Higher Degree Committee, School of Medicine

Qualifications and Recognition

  • DNatSc Leibniz University of Hanover

Research and Publications


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