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Björn Vahsen

State Exam Med, MSc

DPhil Student


I studied medicine at the Georg-August-University Göttingen, including clinical rotations at King’s College London and the University of Zurich. During my medical studies, I was part of the Translational Neurodegeneration group (led by Prof Paul Lingor) at the Department of Neurology in Göttingen, where I performed comprehensive experimental work on the role of the autophagy-initiating kinase ULK1 in traumatic axonal degeneration and regeneration. I then completed an MSc in Neuroscience at the University of Oxford, during which time I joined the Oxford Motor Neuron Disease Centre.

Research Summary

For my DPhil in Clinical Neurosciences, I am studying the role of microglia in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis using different cell models. My project is performed in collaboration with Sally Cowley at the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology and funded by the Clarendon Fund, St John’s College, the MRC-DTP, and the NIHR.

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