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Esther Becker


Associate Professor of Neurobiology

Esther graduated from the University of Amsterdam cum laude with a MSc degree in Medical Biology in 2000.  She then joined the Biomedical and Biological Sciences program at Harvard University, where she performed her PhD training with Azad Bonni. Her work as a graduate student has made significant contributions to our understanding of the specific signaling mechanisms that regulate cell death in the nervous system, particularly in the developing cerebellum. For her graduate studies, Esther was awarded a PhD Fellowship from the Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds and an Albert J. Ryan Foundation Fellowship.

After completing her PhD in 2006, Esther joined Kay Davies’ group in DPAG having been awarded a Human Frontier Science Program Fellowship and later an OXION Training Fellowship. In 2010, Esther was awarded a prestigious Dorothy Hodgkin Research Fellowship from the Royal Society to establish her own research programme in the Department, focussing on the genetic and molecular underpinnings of cerebellar ataxia in mice and humans. Since 2014, she holds a Junior Research Fellowship in Medical Sciences at Wadham College. Esther is also Programme Director of the Oxford Interdisciplinary Bioscience  Doctoral Training Partnership.

The Becker group aims to understand the fundamental principles that link neurodevelopment and disease in the cerebellum.