Esther T. Stoeckli
  • Institute of Molecular Life Sciences, University of Zurich, Switzerland
  • Neuroscience


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.