Walther Hänseler

Postdoc | Swiss National Science Foundation | walther.haenseler@path.ox.ac.uk

I started studying  biology at University of Zurich in 2004 and obtained the Bachelor of Science in Biology in 2007.
I did my master thesis in the group of Prof. Wolfgang Berger (Institute of Medical Genetics, University of Zurich, Schwerzenbach) “LRP5 and LRP5L mutation screening in patients with Norrie disease pseudoglioma-related phenotypes& Expression analysis of potential Norrin targets in Norrin knockout mouse cerebellum” and obtained the Master of Science in Biology, Neurosciences, from the University of Zurich in 2009.


The same year I started as a PhD student in the group of Prof. Reinhard Seger Children’s Hospital Zürich and joined the Microbiology and Immunology PhD program .  In 2013, I finished my thesis “Development of a Silencing Resistant Myelospecific Next Generation Gene Therapy Vector for Gene Therapy of the p47phox-deficient Form of Chronic Granulomatous Disease” and published part of my results (C. Brendel, Hum Gene Ther Methods. 2013 Jun;24(3):151-9.).

In 2013 I awarded a Swiss National Fonds early Postdoc Mobility Fellowship to investigate the role of microglia in alpha-synuclein related loss of dopaminergic neurons in Parkinson’s disease  with help of iPSC based microglial and neuronal model systems in the William James lab.