M.A. Rezan Nehir Mavioğlu

R. Nehir Mavioğlu received her B.Sc. degree in Molecular Biology and Genetics (MBG) from Boğaziçi University, Turkey in 2015. During her bachelor studies, she worked with Dr. Aslı Tolun from MBG department and investigated the genes responsible from some rare neurological diseases. She also worked as an intern in Vrije University Amsterdam with Dr. Meike Bartels about heritability of optimism in adolescent twins, and in University of Würzburg with Dr. Klaus-Peter Lesch’s team in the effects of fear conditioning in Tph2 knockout mice.
She received her M.A. degree in Psychology with a focus on psychobiology from Boğaziçi University, in 2018. During her master studies supervised by Dr. Elif Aysimi Duman, she focused on gene-environment interactions, and their effects on HPA-axis activity and behaviour of children and young adults.
Since September 2018 she is a Ph.D. student at the department of Clinical & Biological Psychology at Ulm University. Her doctoral work is about the longitudinal and intergenerational effects of childhood maltreatment on stress related biomarkers, such as telomere length. She is also interested in the role of energy production mechanisms in stress and psychopathology.


Rezan Nehir Mavioğlu
Research assistant/ Doctoral candidate

Nehir Mavioglu
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Consultation hours
on appointment


  • My childhood – your childhood”: Intergenerational transmission of psychological and biological consequences of childhood maltreatment
  • MitO2Health”: Biological mechanisms of depression and their significance for the success of therapy


  • WS 2018/2019 Introduction to Psychotraumatology (BSc)
  • SS 2019 Biomolecular Systems in Psychiatric Disorders (MSc – Practical)
  • WS 2019/2020 Biomolecular Clinical Psychology – Basics and Specifics (MSc)
  • SS 2020 Biomolecular Systems in Psychiatric Disorders (MSc)
  • SS 2022 Essentials of Biology for Clinical Psychologists (BSc)


Mavioğlu, R.N., & Duman, E.A. (under review). 5-HTTLPR and sex moderate the relationships between loneliness, subjective well-being and HPA-axis.

Varadarajan, S., Behnke, A., Gumpp, A. M., Mavioglu, R. N., Fissler, P., & Kolassa, I.-T. (accepted). An integrative view on the biopsychology of stress and posttraumatic stress disorder. In U. Schnyder & M. Cloitre (Eds.), Evidence Based Treatments for Trauma-Related Psychological Disorders (2nd ed.). Cham, Switzerland: Springer.

Ramo-Fernández, L., Karabatsiakis, A., Boeck, C., Bach, A. M., Gumpp, A. M., Mavioglu, R. N., Ammerpohl, O., & Kolassa, I. T. (2021). Characterization of the effects of age and childhood maltreatment on ELOVL2 DNA methylation. Development and psychopathology, 1-11.

Mavioğlu, R. N., Kara, B., Akansel, G., Nalbant, G., & Tolun, A. (2019). FAM160B1 deficit associated with microcephaly, severe intellectual disability, ataxia, behavioral abnormalities and speech problems. Clinical genetics, 96(5), 456-460.

Kim, M., Sandford, E., Gatica, D. Qiu, Y., Schulman, B.A., Xu, J., Semple, I., Ro, S.H., Mavioğlu, R.N., Tolun, A., Jipa, A., Takats, S., Karpati, M., Li, J., Yapici, Z., Juhasz, G., Lee, J.H., Klionsky, D.J., Burmeister, M. (2016). Mutation in ATG5 reduces autophagy and leads to ataxia with developmental delay. eLife, e12245.

Mavioğlu, R. N., Boomsma, D. I., & Bartels, M. (2015). Causes of individual differences in adolescent optimism: a study in Dutch twins and their siblings. European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 24(11), 1381-1388

Poster presentations

Mavioglu, R. N., Ramo-Fernández, L., Koenig, A., Gumpp, A., Kolassa, I. T., & Karabatsiakis, A. The effect of childhood maltreatment on the promoter methylation of DNTM1 in immune cells of mother-infant dyads. Poster Presentation on August 29-31 2019 in ISPNE 2019, Milan.

Mavioğlu, R. N., Eroğlu, F., Dedeoğlu, G., Corapci, F., & Duman, E. A. Effect of Socioeconomic Status on Preschoolers’ Social Competence: Moderation by Serotonin Transporter Genotype and Sex. Poster Presentation on April 6-8, 2017 in SRCD 2017, Austin TX.

Mavioğlu, R.N. & Duman, E.A. (2016). Changes in HPA-axis Reactivity by Subjective Well-Being: Impact of Loneliness, Gender and Serotonin Transporter Genotype. Poster presentation in the 46th International Society of Psychoneuroendocrinology Conference, September 8-11, 2016, Miami, USA.

Kursuncu, S*., Mavioğlu, R.N*., & Duman, E.A. (2015). Relationship Between Subjective Well-Being and Cortisol Awakening Response: Moderation by Serotonin Transporter Genotype. Poster presentation on Sept 12-15, 2015 in EBBS 2015, Verona. * Equal contribution.

Mavioğlu, R.N., Kara, B., & Tolun, A. (2015). Searching for a gene responsible from cerebellar ataxia and mild intellectual disability. Poster presentation on June 6-9, 2015 in ESHG 2015, Glasgow