Welcome to Neuroscience Center Zurich

Prof. Dr. Esther Stoeckli



Institute of Molecular Life Sciences
University of Zurich

Winterthurerstrasse 190
8057 Zurich

Tel. +41 44 635 4840
Fax +41 44 635 6879

Main Goals, Keywords

We analyze molecular mechanisms underlying neural circuit formation with a focus on axon guidance.

Development of the vertebrate nervous system; axon guidance; spinal cord development; analysis of gene function in vivo by in ovo and ex ovo RNAi (RNA interference); developmental diseases.

Group Members

1 professor, 4 research associates, 1 external research associate, 4 PhD students, 1 research assistant, MSc student(s), 1 technician

Previous and Current Research

The correct wiring of the nervous system is crucial for its function as an information-processing network. The molecular mechanisms underlying the establishment of neural circuits are the focus of our research. We use in vivo assays to study the role of guidance cues in the developing nervous system, predominantly in the spinal cord but also in the cerebellum. For example, RNAi as a method to silence genes in a temporally and spatially controlled manner allowed us to study the role of morphogens in neural circuit formation.

Techniques and Equipment

Selected Publications

Selected Lectures, Seminars or Colloquia

I teach courses in neurobiology at all levels:
BIO143 Neurobiology, BIO 344 Development of the Nervous System, BIO343 Structural Plasticity and Repair of the Nervous System, BIO328 Practical Course in Neurosciences, Introductory and Advanced Courses in Neurosciences (ZNZ PhD program)


Swiss National Science Foundation



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