Short CV/Education and training

  • 1995
    High-school diploma (Abitur); Kaiser-Karls-Gymnasium, Aachen, Germany

  • 1995 – 2000
    Studied Medical Biology at the University of Amsterdam

  • 2000
    MSc Medical Biology

  • 2000 – 2006
    PhD student in the laboratory of Prof. Azad Bonni, Harvard Medical School; Dissertation: Signaling mechanisms regulating neuronal apoptosis

  • 2006 – 2009
    Postdoctoral Fellow, Human Frontier Science Program, University of Oxford; Mentor: Prof. Dame Kay E. Davies

  • 2009 – 2010
    Wellcome Trust (OXION) Training Fellow, University of Oxford, Mentor: Prof. Dame Kay E. Davies, Prof. Angela Vincent

  • 2010 – 2016
    Royal Society Research Fellow and PI at the Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics, University of Oxford

  • Since 2016
    Associate Professor of Neurobiology, Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics, University of Oxford

Selected publications

  • Fogel BL, Hanson SM, Becker EB (2015). Do mutations in the murine ataxia gene TRPC3 cause cerebellar ataxia in humans? Movement Dis 30(2), 284-6.

  • Becker EB, Stoodley CJ (2013). Autism spectrum disorder and the cerebellum. Int Rev Neurobiol 113, 1-34.

  • Becker EB, Oliver PL, Glitsch MD, Banks GT, Achilli F, Hardy A, Nolan PM, Fisher EM, Davies KE (2009). A point mutation in TRPC3 causes abnormal Purkinje cell development and cerebellar ataxia in moonwalker mice. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 106(16), 6706-11.

  • Yuan Z*, Becker EB*, Merlo P, Yamada T, DiBacco S, Konishi Y, Schaefer EM, Bonni A (2008). Activation of FOXO1 by Cdk1 in cycling cells and postmitotic neurons. Science 319(5870), 1665-8. (*equal contribution)

  • Becker EB, Bonni A (2006). Pin1 mediates neural-specific activation of the mitochondrial apoptotic machinery. Neuron 49, 655-62.

  • Becker EB, Bonni A (2004). Cell cycle regulation of neuronal apoptosis in development and disease. Prog Neurobiol 72(1), 1-25.

Complete list of publications

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Research Advisory Committee member, Action for Ataxia-Telangiectasia (A-T), since 2017

    Executive Committee member, Society for Research on the Cerebellum and Ataxias, since 2016

Media coverage


Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Other activities and achievements/family

  • Mother of two children, born 2007 and 2011.


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