Born in 1981 in Berlin, Germany.


2002 - 2007:
Diplom in Biology (Subjects: Bioinformatics, Biophysics, and Zoology).
2006 - 2007:
Research assistant at the bioinformatics group of the medical department Göttingen. Formerly known as the team of BIOBASE.
2007 - 2008:
External Diploma thesis in Würzburg (DFG- Center for Biomedical Research, Rudolf Virchow Center).
2008 - 2012:
Ph.D. thesis under supervision of Dr. Stephan Sigrist in Berlin (Freie Universität Berlin, Charité, Excellence Cluster NeuroCure).
Practical training at the Department of Molecular Genetic Diagnostics of the Charité Berlin.
2013 - 2014:
Freelance Scientific illustrator and Data analyst.
since June 2014:
PostDoc Position as a Bioinformatician at the Charité Berlin, Germany

Skills and responsibilities


2009 - 2011:
Master course ‘Techniques in Neurobiology’.
2007 - 2008:
Teaching Assistant at the Dynamic Microscopy Symposium 2008 of the Rudolph Virchow Center.
Teaching Assistant at the Cold Spring Harbor Course ‘Neurobiology of Drosophila’, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories, USA.


  1. Kamhieh-Milz J, Moftah RF, Bal G, Futschik M, Sterzer V, Khorramshahi O, Burow M, Thiel G, Stuke-Sontheimer A, Chaoui R, Kamhieh-Milz S, Salama A. (2014) Differentially expressed microRNAs in maternal plasma for the noninvasive prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome (trisomy 21). Biomed Res Int. 2014:402475.
  2. Petzoldt AG, Lee YH, Khorramshahi O, Reynolds E, Plested AJ, Herzel H, Sigrist SJ. (2014) Gating characteristics control glutamate receptor distribution and trafficking in vivo. Curr Biol. 24(17):2059-65.
  3. Owald D*, Khorramshahi O, Gupta VK*, Banovic D, Depner H, Fouquet W, Wichmann C, Mertel S, Eimer S, Reynolds E, Holt M, Aberle H, Sigrist SJ (2012). Cooperation of Syd-1 with Neurexin synchronizes pre- with postsynaptic assembly. Nature Neuroscience, 15(9),1219-26. *(equal contribution).
  4. Banovic*, D., Khorramshahi, O., Owald, D., Wichmann, C., Riedt, T., Fouquet, W., Tian, R., et al. (2010). Drosophila neuroligin 1 promotes growth and postsynaptic differentiation at glutamatergic neuromuscular junctions. Neuron, 66(5), 724-38. *(equal contribution).
  5. Schmid, A., Hallermann, S., Kittel, R. J., Khorramshahi, O., Frölich, A. M. J., Quentin, C., Rasse, T. M., et al. (2008). Activity-dependent site-specific changes of glutamate receptor composition in vivo. Nature Neuroscience, 11(6), 659-66.
  6. Khorramshahi, O., Schartau, J. M., & Kröger, R. H. H. (2008). A complex system of ligaments and a muscle keep the crystalline lens in place in the eyes of bony fishes (teleosts). Vision research, 48(13), 1503-8.