Esther Nie, MD, PhD


  • Residency: Stanford
  • Internship: Cedars-Sinai
  • Medical School: UCLA MSTP
  • Undergraduate: Yale

INTERESTS (clinical/research)

  • Enhancing repair and regeneration after brain injury
  • Neurologic presentations in BMT, CART, and BITE therapy patients
  • Young adult neurorehabilitation
  • Biotechnology and novel CNS diagnostics/therapeutics


Carmichael ST, Kathirvelu B, Schweppe CA, Nie EH. Molecular, cellular, and functional events in axonal sprouting after stroke. Exp Neurol. 2016: 16: 30029-2.

Li S*, Nie EH*, Yin Y, Benowitz LI, Tung S, Vinters HV, Bahjat FR, Stenzel-Poore MP, Kawaguchi R, Coppola G, Carmichael ST. GDF10 is a signal for axonal sprouting and functional recovery after stroke.  Nat Neurosci. 2015: 12: 1737-45.

Greten-Harrison B, Polydoro M, Morimoto-Tomita M, Diao L, Williams AM, Nie EH, Makani S, Tian N, Castillo PE, Buchman VL, Chandra SS. αβγ-Synuclein triple knockout mice reveal age-dependent neuronal dysfunction. Proc Natl Acad Sci. 2010: 107: 19573-8.


Young R, Nie EH, Mukarram F, Szeder V, Duckwiler G. Comprehensive Stroke Measures in an Academic versus Private Practice Setting. 5th Annual World Live Neurovascular Conference, Los Angeles, CA, 2017.

Wang Q, Nie EH, Carmichael ST. Activity-dependent molecular programs for optic nerve regeneration. 45th Annual meeting of the Society of Neuroscience, San Diego, CA, 2016.

Nie EH, Kawaguchi R, Coppola G, Carmichael ST. Mechanisms of axonal sprouting in a cortical circuit induced by limb overuse after stroke.  44th Annual meeting of the Society of Neuroscience, Chicago, IL, 2015.

Schweppe CA, Nie EH, Li S, Carmichael ST. Stroke transcriptome-driven analysis of axonal outgrowth mechanisms. 44th Annual meeting of the Society of Neuroscience, Chicago, IL, 2015.

Nie EH, Coppola G, Carmichael ST. Activity-dependent formation of a novel premotor connection after ischemic stroke. 9th World Congress International Brain Research Organization, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2015.

Nie EH, Carmichael ST. Activity-dependent mechanisms of cortical reorganization during limb-overuse after stroke. Annual meeting of the American Society of Neurorehabilitation and 43rd Annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, San Diego, CA, 2013.

Nie EH, Carmichael ST. Identifying activity-dependent cortical circuits in stroke recovery. 42nd Annual meeting of the Society of Neuroscience, New Orleans, LA, 2012.


American Academy of Neurology (AAN) Medical Student Prize for Excellence in Neurology  (2018)

Co-awarded 1st place prize Radiology Award for neurovascular research presentation (2017)

Eva Kavan Prize in basic brain research, awarded to one graduating neuroscience PhD thesis  (2016)

Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA), NINDS F31 (2013-2015)

Predoctoral Research Fellowship, American Heart Association (2013-2015)

Training Program in Neural Repair NIH T32 grant recipient  (2012-2013)

Distinction in the Major: Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry (2009)

Yale University Sheffield Scientific Scholarship (2007-2009)


Nature and street photography

Marinating in the creative process (ie in design, gastronomy, essaying/storytelling)