Department of Physiology


For over 200 years, the Department of Physiology has been at the forefront of academic, research training, and advancement of scientific discoveries. Our department has a comprehensive research-intensive background in neuroscience and metabolic regulation. Among other things, we examine the mechanisms underlying anxiety disorders and depression. The department reassembles physiological processes at the molecular, cellular, tissue, and whole-organism levels providing a bridge to translational medicine. We use a number of techniques covering molecular biology, cell biology, bioenergetics and biochemistry. Alongside this, we use transgenic animal models, behavioural studies, surgical procedures and MRI.


Participation in Estonian and international committees, decision making bodies and contribution to scientific organizations


  • Tartu University Hospital: Eero Vasar, member of council
  • Estonian Science Academy: Eero Vasar, member


  • European COST activity CA17130 - Enhancing Psychiatric Genetic Counselling, Testing, and Training in Europe (EnGagE): Eero Vasar, Representatives of Estonia
  • Horizon2020: Eero Vasar, reviewer of grant proposals for systems medicine
  • European COST activity CA20121 - Bench to bedside transition for pharmacological regulation of NRF2 in noncommunicable diseases: Kattri-Liis Eskla, Management Committee member

Teaching and supervising

Study Group of Translational Neuropsychiatry

Metabolic Regulation Research Group

Neuroimmune Psychiatry Group

Publications and patents

Doctoral theses

Estonian Society of Physiology


Career conference „To new hights with a PhD degree!“

Teaduskonverentsi publik

Call for abstracts: scientific conference celebrating the anniversary of the Faculty of Medicine

 Tartu Ülikooli bio- ja siirdemeditsiini instituudi inimese geneetika õppetooli uuring koostöös Tartu Ülikooli Kliinikumi meestekliinikuga näitas, et üllatavalt suurel osal viljatutest meestest on lapsena diagnoositud munandi laskumishäire. Õigeaegne sekkumine aitab tulevikus lahendada viljatusprobleeme ja ennetada haruldaste kasvajate riski.

Testicular maldescent in infertile men may be a sign of a more severe genetic syndrome