Silvia Arber

Silvia Arber (born 1968 in Geneva) is a Swiss neurobiologist.[2] 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
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AwardsLouis-Jeantet Prize for Medicine (2017)[1]
Scientific career
InstitutionsColumbia University, Friedrich Miescher Institute, Biozentrum University of Basel


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.[3]


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.[4]

She is a member of the Editorial Board for Cell.[5]

Awards & HonorsEdit


  1. ^ "Silvia ARBER | Jeantet". 4 October 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Prize winners | Jeantet". 11 December 2017.
  3. ^ Curriculium Vitae
  4. ^ "Research Group Silvia Arber".
  5. ^ "Editorial board: Cell".
  6. ^ "Pfizer Forschungspreis". Archived from the original on 24 May 2006.
  7. ^ National Latsis Prize Archived 29 October 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ "Elected Member of the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO)".
  9. ^ "DF ⁄ Prix Schellenberg ⁄ Arber".
  10. ^ Friedrich Miescher Award
  11. ^ ERC Advanced Investigators Grant
  12. ^ Silvia Arber receives Otto Naegeli Prize 2014 Retrieved 26 March 2014.
  13. ^ Elected Member of the Academia Europaea Retrieved 4 September 2014
  14. ^ "2019 Prize Lecture announcement". The Physiological Society. 26 September 2018. Retrieved 9 January 2021.

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