I studied biology at the University of Berne and graduated in 1996 at the ETH Zürich with a thesis on stereotypic behaviour in laboratory mice. Supported by a fellowship from the Swiss National Science Foundation, I continued research on stereotypies in mice with Prof. Christine Nicol at the Bristol University School of Veterinary Science. After returning to the ETH Zürich in 1997, I developed my research into a broader research program on developmental plasticity of brain and behaviour in relation to questions of animal husbandry and animal welfare. In 2002, I was appointed Professor of Animal Welfare and Ethology at the Justus-Liebig-University in Giessen. During my time in Giessen, I was awarded the Hessian Animal Welfare Research Award 2005 and the Felix Wankel Animal Welfare Research Award 2009. Since 2011, I hold the chair of Animal Welfare at the University of Bern.

Selected publications

Vogt L, Reichlin TS, Nathues C, Würbel H 2016. Authorization of Animal Experiments Is Based on Confidence Rather than Evidence of Scientific Rigor. PLoS Biol 14(12): e2000598. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.2000598 Abstract

Voelkl, B., & Würbel, H. 2016. Reproducibility Crisis: Are We Ignoring Reaction Norms? Trends in Pharmacological Sciences. Abstract

Richter, S.H., Garner, J.P. and Würbel, H. 2009. Environmental standardization: cure or cause of poor reproducibility in animal experiments? Nat. Meth. 6: 257-261. Abstract 

Wolfer, D.P., Litvin, L., Morf, S., Nitsch, R.M., Lipp, H.P. and Würbel, H. 2004. Laboratory animal welfare: cage enrichment and mouse behaviour. Nature 432: 821-822. Abstract

Würbel, H. 2001. Ideal homes? Housing effects on rodent brain and behaviour. Trends Neurosci., 24: 207-211. Abstract