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Björn Vahsen

StateExamMed MSc MD

DPhil Student and Fulford Junior Research Fellow


I studied medicine at the Georg-August-University Göttingen, including clinical rotations at King’s College London and the University of Zurich, graduating in 2018. In parallel, I obtained a research MD (summa cum laude) supervised by Prof Paul Lingor using cellular models to study the role of the autophagy-initiating kinase ULK1 in axonal degeneration and regeneration. I then completed the MSc in Neuroscience at the University of Oxford and started my DPhil at the Oxford Motor Neuron Disease Centre in 2019 under the supervision of Prof Kevin Talbot and Prof Martin Turner. During my DPhil, I was a Clarendon Scholar, Lamb & Flag Scholar and North Senior Scholar at St John's College, and an NIHR Academy Member. I am now a Junior Research Fellow at Somerville College.

Research Summary

I am studying the role of microglia in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis using induced pluripotent stem cell models. My project is performed in collaboration with Dr Sally Cowley at the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology and funded by the Motor Neurone Disease Association.


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