Axel Behrens

Axel Behrens


Axel has a long-standing interest in cell signalling pathways that control cell fate. Axel began his scientific career working with Erwin Wagner at the Research Institute of Molecular Pathology (IMP) in Vienna, Austria. During his PhD and subsequent postdoctoral work in Switzerland with Adriano Aguzzi, he developed animal models of cancer and neurodegeneration.

Building on this expertise in mouse models of human diseases, Axel set up his laboratory at the Cancer Research UK London Research Institute in 2001 (now part of the Francis Crick Institute) and has since focused the scope of investigation on the function of stem cells in tissue homeostasis and cancer and, more recently, in diabetes.

Qualifications and history

Institute of Molecular Pathology, Austria
PhD in Biology
Institute of Molecular Pathology, Austria
Postdoctoral Fellow
Institute of Neuropathology, Switzerland
Postdoctoral Fellow
Imperial Cancer Research Fund, London, UK (now Cancer Research UK)
Established Lab
The Francis Crick Institute, London, UK
Group Leader

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Crick Pre-Crick

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