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Dr Esther Becker

My research

My work focuses on the genetic and molecular mechanisms that shape our brain and that go awry in neurological and neuropsychiatric diseases. We are particularly interested in the cerebellum, a part of the brain that has traditionally been implicated in motor control and motor learning, but that is also increasingly associated with higher cognitive functions and diseases such as autism.

My journey

I am a firm believer in the concept that women can 'have it all' and combine a successful academic career with a fulfilling family life. However, I have to remind myself from time to time that I am in this for the long run and that it will be okay to step back sometimes. I get inspiration from the many different paths that successful women in science have taken. Being very organized and setting priorities in my work and my family life allows me to get enormous enjoyment from both. And I am very grateful for an understanding partner, who supports me in all my endeavours.

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