Tim Karl graduated from the Leipniz University of Hannover (Germany) in 2003 with a PhD in Zoology (Behavioural Neuroscience). Until 2008, he was a postdoctoral researcher at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research working on rodent models for anxiety and schizophrenia. In 2008, Tim Karl established his own research team at NeuRA. His research focuses on the neuro-behavioural consequences of gene-environment interactions in animal models for brain disorders (e.g. schizophrenia and Alzheimer's disease). He also aims to enhance the validity of rodent models and the well-being of test animals in medical research by providing more stimulating housing conditions.Tim's research has attracted funding from the National Health and Medical Research Council, the Motor Neuron Disease Research Institute of Australia, the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation (USA), the German Research Foundation and other funding bodies (e.g. Mason Foundation National Research Program).