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Noemi Rook

Ruhr-University Bochum
Fakultät für Psychologie
AE Biopsychologie
D-44780 Bochum, Germany

Room: IB 6-129
Phone: +49 234 32 21628
Fax: +49 234 32 14377


Curriculum Vitae

Since 2016 PhD Student in the lab of Prof. Onur Güntürkün
2015 M.Sc. Thesis: “Establishment of optogenetics in pigeons (Columba livia)
A comparative transduction analysis of adeno-associated viral vectors in telencephalic neurons” (Prof. Dr. Dres. h.c. Onur Güntürkün, Dr. rer. nat. Roland Pusch)
2013 – 2015 M.Sc. Cognitive Science, Ruhr-Universität Bochum
2009 – 2013 B.A. Psychology and Mathematics, Technische-Universität Dortmund
2008 Abitur, Hellweg-Gymnasium Bochum-Wattenscheid




  • Tract Tracing
  • Microscopy
  • Histology
  • Immunohistochemistry
  • Optogenetics


Research interests

  • Comparative analysis of neuronal foundations of higher cognition
  • Anatomy, physiology and function of the avian hippocampus  



    SoSe 2016
    ExPra: Neuroanatomische und histologische Grundlagen


Publication List


  • Rook, N., Tuff, J. M., Isparta, S., Masseck, O. A., Herlitze, S., Güntürkün, O., & Pusch, R. (2021). AAV1 is the optimal viral vector for optogenetic experiments in pigeons (Columba livia). Communications Biology, 4(1), 1-16.
  • Packheiser, J., Berretz, G., Rook, N., Bahr, C., Schockenhoff, L., Güntürkün, O., & Ocklenburg, S. (2021). Investigating real-life emotions in romantic couples: a mobile EEG study. Scientific reports, 11(1), 1-12.
  • Billings, B. K., Bhagwandin, A., Patzke, N., Ngwenya, A., Rook, N., von Eugen, K., Tabrik, S., Güntürkün, O., & Manger, P. R. (2020). Nuclear organization and morphology of catecholaminergic neurons and certain pallial terminal networks in the brain of the Nile crocodile, Crocodylus niloticus. Journal of Chemical Neuroanatomy, 109, 101851.
  • Stacho, M., Herold, C., Rook, N., Wagner, H., Axer, M., Amunts, K., & Güntürkün, O. (2020). A cortex-like canonical circuit in the avian forebrain. Science, 369(6511).
  • Rook, N., Letzner, S., Packheiser, J., Güntürkün, O., & Beste, C. (2020). Immediate early gene fingerprints of multi-component behaviour. Scientific reports, 10(1), 1-13.
  • Packheiser, J.*, Rook, N.*, Dursun, Z., Mesenhöller, J., Wenglorz, A., Güntürkün, O., & Ocklenburg, S. (2019). Embracing your emotions: affective state impacts lateralisation of human embraces.Psychological research, 83(1), 26-36
  • Ocklenburg, S., Packheiser, J., Schmitz, J., Rook, N., Güntürkün, O., Peterburs, J., & Grimshaw, G. M. (2018). Hugs and kisses–The role of motor preferences and emotional lateralization for hemispheric asymmetries in human social touch. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, 95, 353-360 #

*Equal contribution



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