Esther T. Stoeckli
  • Institute of Molecular Life Sciences, University of Zurich, Switzerland
Research focus
  • Neuroscience
Personal information


Ph.D. in Biochemistry (with honors), University of Zurich, 1990

Current position

Full professor for Developmental Neuroscience at the Institute of Molecular Life Sciences, University of Zurich, Switzerland (2012-present)


Peer-reviewed articles 2008-2013

  1. Wilson, N. H. and Stoeckli, E. T. (2013). Sonic hedgehog regulates its own receptor on postcrossing commissural axons in a glypican1-dependent manner. Neuron 79(3): 478-491.
  2. Philipp, M., Niederkofler, V., Debrunner, M., Alther, T., Kunz, B. and Stoeckli, E. T. (2012). RabGDI controls axonal midline crossing by regulating Robo1 surface expression. Neural Dev 7: 36.
  3. Wilson, N. H. and Stoeckli, E. T. (2012). In ovo electroporation of miRNA-based plasmids in the developing neural tube and assessment of phenotypes by DiI injection in open-book preparations. J Vis Exp(68).
  4. Wilson, N. H. and Stoeckli, E. T. (2011). Cell type specific, traceable gene silencing for functional gene analysis during vertebrate neural development. Nucleic Acids Res 39(20): e133.
  5. Cotrufo, T., Perez-Branguli, F., Muhaisen, A., Ros, O., Andres, R., Baeriswyl, T., Fuschini, G., Tarrago, T., Pascual, M., Urena, J., Blasi, J., Giralt, E., Stoeckli, E. T. and Soriano, E. (2011). A signaling mechanism coupling netrin-1/deleted in colorectal cancer chemoattraction to SNARE-mediated exocytosis in axonal growth cones. J Neurosci 31(41): 14463-14480.
  6. Bacon, C., Endris, V., Andermatt, I., Niederkofler, V., Waltereit, R., Bartsch, D., Stoeckli, E. T. and Rappold, G. (2011). Evidence for a role of srGAP3 in the positioning of commissural axons within the ventrolateral funiculus of the mouse spinal cord. PLoS One 6(5): e19887.
  7. Dutt, S., Cassoly, E., Dours-Zimmermann, M. T., Matasci, M., Stoeckli, E. T. and Zimmermann, D. R. (2011). Versican V0 and V1 direct the growth of peripheral axons in the developing chick hindlimb. J Neurosci 31(14): 5262-5270.
  8. Joset, P., Wacker, A., Babey, R., Ingold, E. A., Andermatt, I., Stoeckli, E. T. and Gesemann, M. (2011). Rostral growth of commissural axons requires the cell adhesion molecule MDGA2. Neural Dev 6: 22.
  9. Holz, A., Kollmus, H., Ryge, J., Niederkofler, V., Dias, J., Ericson, J., Stoeckli, E. T., Kiehn, O. and Arnold, H. H. (2010). The transcription factors Nkx2.2 and Nkx2.9 play a novel role in floor plate development and commissural axon guidance. Development 137(24): 4249-4260.
  10. Domanitskaya, E., Wacker, A., Mauti, O., Baeriswyl, T., Esteve, P., Bovolenta, P. and Stoeckli, E. T. (2010). Sonic hedgehog guides post-crossing commissural axons both directly and indirectly by regulating Wnt activity. J Neurosci 30(33): 11167-11176.
  11. Niederkofler, V., Baeriswyl, T., Ott, R. and Stoeckli, E. T. (2010). Nectin-like molecules/SynCAMs are required for post-crossing commissural axon guidance. Development 137(3): 427-435.
  12. Petrinovic, M. M., Duncan, C. S., Bourikas, D., Weinman, O., Montani, L., Schroeter, A., Maerki, D., Sommer, L., Stoeckli, E. T. and Schwab, M. E. (2010). Neuronal Nogo-A regulates neurite fasciculation, branching and extension in the developing nervous system. Development 137(15): 2539-2550.
  13. Penno, A., Reilly, M. M., Houlden, H., Laura, M., Rentsch, K., Niederkofler, V., Stoeckli, E. T., Nicholson, G., Eichler, F., Brown, R. H., Jr., von Eckardstein, A. and Hornemann, T. (2010). Hereditary sensory neuropathy type 1 is caused by the accumulation of two neurotoxic sphingolipids. J Biol Chem 285(15): 11178-11187.
  14. Baeriswyl, T., Mauti, O. and Stoeckli, E. T. (2008). Temporal control of gene silencing by in ovo electroporation. Methods Mol Biol 442: 231-244.
  15. Baeriswyl, T. and Stoeckli, E. T. (2008). Axonin-1/TAG-1 is required for pathfinding of granule cell axons in the developing cerebellum. Neural Dev 3: 7.
  16. Mauti, O., Baeriswyl, T. and Stoeckli, E. T. (2008). Gene Silencing by Injection and Electroporation of dsRNA in Avian Embryos. CSH Protoc 2008: pdb prot5094.

Reviews and book chapters

  1. Aviles, E. C., Wilson, N. H. and Stoeckli, E. T. (2013). Sonic hedgehog and Wnt: antagonists in morphogenesis but collaborators in axon guidance. Front Cell Neurosci 7: 86.
  2. Stoeckli, E. T. (2012). What does the developing brain tell us about neural diseases? Eur J Neurosci 35(12): 1811-1817.
  3. Wilson, N. H. and Stoeckli, E. T. (2012). Sonic Hedgehog regulates Wnt activity during neural circuit formation. Vitam Horm 88: 173-209.
  4. Stoeckli, E. T. and Niederkofler, V. (2010). Molecular aspects of commissural axon guidance. In: Feldmeyer, D. and Lübke, J.H.R. (eds). New Aspects of Axonal Structure and Function. Springer, 3-18.
  5. Stoeckli, E. T. (2010). Neural circuit formation in the cerebellum is controlled by cell adhesion molecules of the Contactin family. Cell Adh Migr 4(4): 523-526.

Other publications

  1. Stoeckli, E. and Zou, Y. (2009). How are neurons wired to form functional and plastic circuits? Meeting on Axon Guidance, Synaptogenesis & Neural Plasticity. EMBO Rep 10:326-330.
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