Position/Title: Research Group Leader (Institute of Neurogenetics), PhD

Address University of Lübeck; Ratzeburger Allee 160, 23538 Lübeck, Germany

Tel: +49-451-31018208; Fax: +49-451-31018204;


1996-2001 Undergraduate studies of Molecular Biology and Physiology at the Faculty of Biology, University of Belgrade, Serbia

2001 Diploma Thesis (Center for Human Molecular Genetics, Belgrade, Serbia)

2002-2003 Master of Science Thesis (Faculty of Biology, University of Belgrade, Serbia)

2004-2006 Doctoral Thesis (Faculty of Biology, University of Belgrade, Serbia)

2006-2009 Postdoctoral fellow (Section of Clinical and Molecular Neurogenetics, Department of Neurology, University of Lübeck, Germany)

2009-2010 Postdoctoral fellow (Henry L. Paulson Laboratory, Department of Neurology, University of Michigan, USA)

2011-present Research group leader (Institute of Neurogenetics, University of Lübeck, Germany)


2008-present Ad Hoc Reviewer (Journals):

Gene Reviews

Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery and Psychiatry

Movement Disorders

Movement Disorders Clinical Practice

Neuroscience Letters

Neurodegenerative Disorders

Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences

Journal of Clinical Movement Disorders

2014-present Ad Hoc Reviewer (Grant Agencies):

Parkinson’s UK (London, UK)


2004-2005 Graduate fellowship from the Gottlieb Daimler- und Karl Benz-Stiftung

2005-2006 International Research Fellowship from the DFG

2003-2005 Stiftung Felgenhauer from the German Neurological Society (DGN)

2009 DAVID MARSDEN AWARD 2009 from the Dystonia Europe foundation

2010 International Research Fellowship from the DFG

2011-2013 Career Development Award from Medical Faculty of the University of Lübeck

2011 Travel Award from the GlaxoSmithKline Foundation (GSK)

2014 Travel Award from the Movement Disorder Society (MDS)

2015 Travel Award from the GlaxoSmithKline Foundation (GSK)


From 64 original publications; total citations: 1,961; h-index: 26

    1. Seibler P, Djarmati A (equally contributing first author), Langpap B, …, Klein C. Heteroyzgous nonsense mutation in the PRKRA (DYT16) gene associated with generalized dystonia. Lancet Neurol 2008;7:380-381. (IF: 14.3)
    1. Djarmati A, Schneider SA, Lohmann K, …, Klein C. Mutations in THAP1 (DYT6) and generalised dystonia with prominent spasmodic dysphonia: a genetic screening study. Lancet Neurol 2009;8:447-452. (IF: 18.1)
    1. Scaglione KM, Zavodszky E, Todi SV, …, Djarmati A, …, Paulson HL. Ube2w and Ataxin-3 Coordinately
      Regulate the Ubiquitin Ligase CHIP. Mol Cell 2011;43:599-612. (IF: 14.2)
    1. Klein C, Djarmati A. Parkinson disease: genetic testing in Parkinson disease- who should be assessed?
      Nat Rev Neurol 2011;7:7-9. (IF: 12.5)
    1. Westenberger A, Rosales RL, Heinitz S, …, Klein C. Genetic cause of X-linked dystonia-parkinsonism
      (DYT3) in a female patient. Mov Disord 2013;28:675-8. (IF: 5.6)
    1. Freimann K, Zschiedrich K, Brüggemann N, …, Westenberger A. Mortalin mutations are not a frequent
      cause of early-onset Parkinson disease. Neurobiol Aging 2013;34:2694. (IF: 4.9)
    1. Keller A, Westenberger A (equally contributing first author), Sobrido MJ, …, Oliveira JRM. PDGFB
      mutations cause brain calcifications in humans and mice. Nat Genet 2013;45:1077-1082. (IF: 29.6)
    1. Domingo A, Lee LV, Brüggemann N, …, Westenberger A. Case report of a female with X-linked recessive dystonia-parkinsonism: A clue to the epidemiology of parkinsonism in Filipino women? JAMA Neurol
      2014;71:1177-1180.(IF: 7.3 )
    1. Domingo A, Westenberger A (equally contributing first author), Lee, LV, Klein C. New Insights into the
      Genetics of X-Linked Dystonia-Parkinsonism (XDP, DYT3). Eur J Hum Genet 2015;23:1334-1340. (IF:
    1. Ebrahimi-Fakhari D, Saffari A, Westenberger A, Klein C. The evolving spectrum of PRRT2-associated
      paroxysmal diseases. Brain 2015;s138:3476-3495. (IF: 9.2)