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

Portree akadeemik Pärt Petersonist

Pärt Peterson was elected as member of the Academy of Sciences in biomedicine

Töö viirusega laboris

Vaccine created by University of Tartu researchers to prevent a dangerous tropical disease received approval

Doctoral defence: Ling Yan "Stress-associated immune mechanisms of schizophrenia: the importance of region-specific microglia-neurovascular interaction"

On December 15th Ling Yan will defend a thesis "Stress-associated immune mechanisms of schizophrenia: the importance of region-specific microglia-neurovascular interaction".