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Esther Becker

Esther Becker, Junior Research Fellow in Medical Sciences, Associate Professor of Neurobiology

  • Esther Becker

Esther joined Wadham in 2014 as Junior Research Fellow in Medical Sciences. She is Associate Professor of Neurobiology in the Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics and Programme Director of the Interdisciplinary Biosciences Doctoral Training Partnership.

Born and raised in Germany, Esther obtained her M.Sc. in Medical Biology from the University of Amsterdam and subsequently completed her PhD at Harvard University under mentorship of Prof Azad Bonni.  She came to Oxford in 2006, where she worked as a post-doctoral fellow with Prof Dame Kay Davies, before being awarded a Dorothy Hodgkin Research Fellowship from the Royal Society to establish her own research group.

Esther’s research focuses on the cerebellum and aims to understand the genetic and molecular mechanisms that lead to brain disorders such as ataxia and autism. Recently, her group has developed a novel method to generate human cerebellar nerve cells from induced pluripotent stem cells. Read more about her research here.