Silvia Arber

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Silvia Arber
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Silvia Arber
Born 1968
Nationality Swiss
Awards Louis-Jeantet Prize for Medicine (2017)
Scientific career
Fields Neurobiologist
Institutions Columbia University, Friedrich Miescher Institute, Biozentrum University of Basel

Silvia Arber (born 1968 in Geneva) is a Swiss neurobiologist.[1] She teaches and researches at both the Biozentrum of the University of Basel and the Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research in Basel Switzerland.


Silvia Arber studied biology at the Biozentrum of the University of Basel and completed her doctorate in 1995 at the Friedrich Miescher Institute (FMI) in Basel. She subsequently worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the Columbia University in New York. In 2000, Silvia Arber returned to Basel as a Professor of Neurobiology/Cell Biology continuing her research work and teaching at the Biozentrum as well as at the FMI. Silvia Arber is the daughter of the Swiss microbiologist and geneticist Werner Arber, who in 1978 was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine.[2]


Silvia Arber investigates the mechanisms involved in the function and assembly of neuronal circuits controlling motor behavior. She has shown that premotor interneuron groups differ from each other in their functionality and distribution in the spinal cord and that this property depends on the timing of their generation during development.[3]

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