Short CV/Education and training

Education

  • 1987 – 1991
    Biology II study at the Biozentrum of the University of Basel with graduation in Cell Biology (Master)

  • 1989
    Practical work in the laboratory of Prof. Sydney Brenner, Molecular Genetics Unit (MRC) in Cambridge, GB

  • 1990 – 1991
    Experimental master thesis in the laboratory of Prof. Pico Caroni at the Friedrich Miescher Institute in Basel

  • 1992 – 1996
    Graduate student in the laboratory of Prof. Pico Caroni at the Friedrich Miescher Institute in Basel: "Activity-sensitive signaling at the neuromuscular junction."

  • 1996 – 2000
    Postdoctoral work in the laboratory of Prof. Thomas M. Jessell, Columbia University, HHMI, New York

Academic positions

  • 2000 – 2004
    Assistant Professor Tenure Track for Neurobiology/Cell Biology at the Biozentrum and Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research (FMI), Basel, Switzerland

  • 2004 – 2008
    Associate Professor for Neurobiology/Cell Biology at the Biozentrum & Senior Group Leader at the Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research (FMI)

  • 2015 – 2017
    Deputy Director Biozentrum

  • Since 2008
    Full Professor for Neurobiology/Cell Biology at the Biozentrum & Senior Group Leader at the Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research (FMI)

Fellowships

  • 1992 – 1994
    Swiss Foundation for Research on Muscle Diseases (PhD student)

  • 1996
    European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) long-term fellowship (postdoc)

  • 1996 – 1998
    Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP) long-term fellowship (postdoc)

  • 1998 – 2000
    Swiss National Science Foundation fellowship (postdoc)

Selected publications

  • Stepien, A. E., Tripodi, M. & Arber, S. Monosynaptic rabies virus reveals premotor network organization and synaptic specificity of cholinergic partition cells. Neuron 68, 456-472 (2010).

  • Tripodi, M., Stepien, A. E. & Arber, S. Motor antagonism exposed by spatial segregation and timing of neurogenesis. Nature 479, 61-66 (2011).

  • Esposito, M. S., Capelli, P. & Arber, S. Brainstem nucleus MdV mediates skilled forelimb motor tasks. Nature 508, 351-356 (2014).

  • Pivetta, C., Esposito, M. S., Sigrist, M. & Arber, S. Motor-circuit communication matrix from spinal cord to brainstem neurons revealed by developmental origin. Cell 156, 537-548 (2014).

  • Takeoka, A., Vollenweider, I., Courtine, G. & Arber, S. Muscle spindle feedback directs locomotor recovery and circuit reorganization after spinal cord injury. Cell 159, 1626-1639 (2014).

  • Goetz, C., Pivetta, C. & Arber, S. Distinct limb and trunk premotor circuits establish laterality in the spinal cord. Neuron 85, 131-144 (2015).

  • Basaldella, E., Takeoka, A., Sigrist, M., and Arber, S. Multisensory signaling shapes vestibulo-motor circuit specificity. Cell 163, 301-312 (2015).

  • Satoh, D., Pudenz, C., and Arber, S. Context-Dependent Gait Choice Elicited by EphA4 Mutation in Lbx1 Spinal Interneurons. Neuron 89, 1046–1058 (2016).

  • *Tovote, P., *Esposito, M.S., Botta, P., Chaudun, F., Fadok, J.P., Markovic, M., Wolff, S.B.E., Ramakrishnan, C., Fenno, L., Deisseroth, K., Herry, C., Arber, S., and Lüthi, A. Midbrain circuits for defensive behavior. Nature 534, 206-212 (2016).*equal contribution

  • Ruder, L., Takeoka, A., and Arber, S. (2016). Long-distance descending spinal neurons ensure quadrupedal locomotor stability. Neuron, 92, 1063-1078.


Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Cell (member of Editorial board), since 2014

  • Neuron (member of Editorial board), since 2016

  • Trends in Neurosciences (member of the editorial board), since 2012

  • Neural Development (member of the editorial board), since 2006

  • Current Opinion in Neurobiology (member of the editorial board), since 2005

  • European Science Foundation (ESF) Reviewer Board, 2006 – 2007

  • Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) reviewing board, 2006 – 2007

  • Excellence Initiative

  • ERC Advanced Grant Evaluation Panel „Neurosciences and neural disorders”, 2008, 2010, 2012

  • ERC Advanced Grant Evaluation Panel „Neurosciences and neural disorders”, Dep Chair, since 2010

  • Swiss SNF (ERC Starting) Grant Evaluation Panel, 2014

  • Ambizione Fellow Evaluation Panel, 2014

  • EMBO Course Committee member, 2010 – 2013

  • Perl/UNC Neuroscience Prize selection committee, Chapel Hill, US, 2008 – 2011

  • HHMI Scientific Review Board (SRB), 2016 – 2019

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