Dr. Marion Rivalan

Phone: +(49) 030 450 539 743
Email: marion.rivalan@charite.de

Research interests

Mental and Neurological disorders, Mouse/Rat behavioural Phenotyping, Endophenotype, Serotonin, Pre-frontal cortex, Executive functions, Decision Making, Rat Gambling Task, Social organization, Hierarchy, Visible Burrow System, Social Network Analysis, Automated Home-cage testing.

Competitive funding

Individual Research Grant from the German Research Foundation (DFG), 2015-2018
Individual PhD research Grant from the French Ministry of Research (MENRT), 2006-2009


van den Bos R, Davies W, Dellu-Hagedorn F, Goudriaan A.E, Granon S, Homberg J, Rivalan M, Swendsen J, Adriani W (2013). Cross-species approaches to pathological gambling: a review targeting sex differences, adolescent vulnerability and ecological validity of research tools. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews. j.neubiorev.2013.07.005. doi : 10.1016

Rivalan M*, Valton V*, Seriès P, Marchand A, Dellu-Hagedorn F (2013). Elucidating poor decision-making in a rat gambling task. PLoS One. 2013 8(12):e82052. 10.1371/journal.pone.0082052. (*equal contribution to this work)

Fitoussi A, Le Moine C, De Deurwaerdère P, Laqui M, Rivalan M, Cador M, Dellu-Hagedorn F (2014). Prefronto-subcortical imbalance characterizes poor decision-making: neurochemical and neural functional evidences in rats. Brain Structure and Function. 2014 doi:10.1007/s00429-014-0868-8

Schuster S, Rivalan M, Strauss U, Stoenica L, Trimbuch T, Rademacher N, Parathasarathy S, Lajkó D, Rosenmund C, Shoichet S, Winter Y, Tarabykin V, Rosário M (2015). NOMA-GAP/ARHGAP33 regulates synapse development and autistic-like behavior in the mouse. Molecular Psychiatry. 2015. 20, 1120-1131 doi: 10.1038/mp.2015.42.

Waters RP*, Rivalan M*, Bangasser DA, Deussing J, Ising M, Wood SK, Summers CH (2015). Evidence for the role of corticotropin-releasing-factor in major depression disorder. Review paper following the organisation of a symposium at IBNS 2014. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews. 2015 doi:10.1016/j.neubiorev.2015.07.011 (*equal contribution to this work)

Klein C, Jonas W, Iggena D, Empl L, Rivalan M, Wiedmer P, Spranger J, Hellweg R, Winter Y, Steiner B. Exercise prevents high-fat diet-induced impairment of flexible memory expression associated with adult hippocampal neurogenesis in mice. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, accepted 02.03.2016

Klein C, Rasinska JU, Empl L, Sparenberg M, Anahita P, Hain EG, Iggena D, Rivalan M, Winter Y, Steiner B. (2016). Physical exercise counteracts MPTP-induced changes in neural precursor cell proliferation in the hippocampus and restores spatial learning but not memory performance in the water maze. Behavioural Brain Research, accepted 29.02.2016

Rivalan M, Munawar H, Fuchs A, Winter Y (2017). An Automated, Experimenter-Free Method for the Standardised, Operant Cognitive Testing of Rats. PLoS ONE 12(1): e0169476. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0169476


Data sharing:

Zenodo, An Automated, Experimenter-Free Method for the Standardised, Operant Cognitive Testing of Rats __ Data supplementing __ https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0169476