University of Dundee

“Successful spinal cord repair in zebrafish”

Event Date: 
Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 13:00 to 14:00
Event Location: 
MSI Small Lecture Theatre
Professor Kate Storey FRSE FMedSci FRSB
Event Speaker: 
Professor Catherina Becker+9
Centre for Discovery Brain Sciences, University of Edinburgh
Event Type: 





Catherina Becker obtained an MRes in Human Genetics and a PhD in Neurosciences from the University of Bremen, Germany, studying development and successful regeneration of the amphibian (frogs and salamanders) central nervous system. For her first postdoctoral training post, she moved to the renowned Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich, Switzerland on an EMBO-funded postdoctoral fellowship. Her postgraduate studies continued at the University of California, and the Centre for Molecular Neurobiology in Hamburg on German Research Foundation Fellowships. The Becker group moved to the University of Edinburgh in 2005 and Catherina Becker is now Professor for Neural Development and Regeneration and the Deputy Director of the Centre for Discovery Brain Sciences at the University of Edinburgh.  The Becker group use adult and larval zebrafish to investigate spinal cord regeneration and mechanisms of motor neuron development and repair in motor neuron diseases.  Catherina is a founding member of EuFishBioMed, the European Society of Fish Models in Biology and Medicine, she is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology (FRSB) and the co-Director of the new Wellcome Trust funded 4 year PhD programme in Tissue Repair.