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Dr. Aleksandra Badura


Throughout my Ph.D. studies and Postdoctoral Fellowships my work had focused on unraveling the function of the cerebellum in health and disease, encompassing two research lines: Line-1 integrated experimental techniques with modeling to investigate the mechanisms of cerebellar learning. I have established that the modulation of cerebellar activity is essential for motor learning and helped to develop a computer model that reproduces experimental data and can predict motor impairments based on neural activity. Using intravital two-photon imaging, we discovered that granule cells acquire signals predictive of motor performance . This marked a paradigm shift in the understanding of cerebellar coding. We are working on incorporating those findings into our model. Furthermore, I have developed tools for monitoring neuronal activity that advance two-photon imaging. In Line-2, I investigated the role of the cerebellum in autism spectrum disorder (ASD). We showed that cerebellar deficits are common in ASD. Recently, by disrupting cerebellar activity during different stages of development, we established a critical period during which specific cerebellar regions are crucial for non-motor behaviors. This work has been made possible by the VENI-ZonMw grant. In June 2018 I was awarded a VIDI-ZonMw grant to work on understanding the cerebello-cerebral networks underlying shared autistic traits.



PhD in Neuroscience

in Erasmus University (the Netherlands)


Masters Degree in Psychology

in Jagiellonian University (Poland)

Honors & Awards


PIPgen project

H2020 MSCA-ITN action



Erasmus MC


Open Science Impulse



Vidi NWO



Veni NWO



Erasmus Exchange Program



1. A novel automated approach for improving standardization of the marble burying test enables quantification of burying bouts and activity characteristics

Lucas Wahl, A. Mattijs Punt, Tara Arbab, Ingo Willuhn, Ype Elgersma, Aleksandra Badura
in eNeuro 2022

2. Measuring Cerebellar Processing and Sensorimotor Functions in Non-Human Primates

Nico A. Flierman, Eric Avila, Chris I. De Zeeuw, Aleksandra Badura
in 2022

3. Purkinje Cell Activity in the Medial and Lateral Cerebellum During Suppression of Voluntary Eye Movements in Rhesus Macaques.

Avila E, Flierman NA, Holland PJ, Roelfsema PR, Frens MA, Badura A, De Zeeuw CI
in Frontiers in cellular neuroscience 2022

4. Tsc1 Haploinsufficiency Leads to Pax2 Dysregulation in the Developing Murine Cerebellum

Ines Serra, Ana Stravs, Catarina Osório, Maria Roa Oyaga, Martijn Schonewille, Christian Tudorache, and Aleksandra Badura
in Front Mol Neurosci. 2022

5. Biallelic PAX5 mutations cause hypogammaglobulinemia, sensorimotor deficits, and autism spectrum disorder.

Kaiser FMP, Gruenbacher S, Oyaga MR, Nio E, Jaritz M, Sun Q, van der Zwaag W, Kreidl E, Zopf LM, Dalm VASH, Pel J, Gaiser C, van der Vliet R, Wahl L, Rietman A, Hill L, Leca I, Driessen G, Laffeber C, Brooks A, Katsikis PD, Lebbink JHG, Tachibana K, van der Burg M, De Zeeuw CI, Badura A, Busslinger M
in The Journal of experimental medicine 2022

6. Activated PI3Kδ syndrome, an immunodeficiency disorder, leads to sensorimotor deficits recapitulated in a murine model.

Ines Serra, Olivia R. Manusama, Fabian.M.P. Kaiser, Izi Izumi Floriano, Lucas Wahl, Christian van der Zalm, Hanna IJspeert, P. Martin van Hagen, Nico J.M. van Beveren, Sandra M. Arend, Klaus Okkenhaug, Johan J.M. Pel, Virgil A.S.H. Dalm, Aleksandra Badura
in Brain, Behavior, & Immunity - Health 2021

7. Glissades Are Altered by Lesions to the Oculomotor Vermis but Not by Saccadic Adaptation

Flierman N.A., Ignashchenkova A., Negrello M., Their P., De Zeeuw C.I., Badura A.
in Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience 2019

8. Normal cognitive and social development require posterior cerebellar activity

Badura A., Verpeut J.L., Metzger J.W, Pereira T.D, Pisano T.J., Deverett B., Bakshinskaya D.E., Wang S.S.-H
in eLife 2018

9. Cerebellar Granule Cells: Dense, Rich and Evolving Representations.

10. Cerebellar granule cells acquire a widespread predictive feedback signal during motor learning.

Giovannucci A, Badura A, Deverett B, Najafi F, Pereira TD, Gao Z, Ozden I, Kloth AD, Pnevmatikakis E, Paninski L, De Zeeuw CI, Medina JF, Wang SS
in Nature neuroscience 2017
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