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Welcome to the Alumni Initiative of the IOR

Alumni (plural of Latin alumnus, pupil) - that are in the broadest sense all former students, graduates, staff, and emeriti of the Institute for Ophthalmic Research (IOR) in Germany and abroad. With this alumni initiative the IOR wants to stay in touch with you and maintain a lively exchange and promote contacts between the alumni themselves and the Institute for Ophthalmic Research.

Alumni of the Institute for Ophthalmic Research

Prof. Dr. Manfred Fahle †

Centre for Cognitive Sciences at Bremen University
Contact: mfahle[at]

Full professor of Human Neurobiology & Director of the Centre for Cognitive Sciences at Bremen University. He studied Biology, received his MD at the Max-Planck-Institute for Biological Cybernetics, and qualified as a professor of Ophthalmology. His main interest is in understanding visual perception

PD Dr.rer.nat. Peter Heiduschka

Department of Ophthalmology, University of Münster Medical School
Contact: peter.heiduschka[at]

The focus of my work lies on diseases in the back of the eye, in particular dry and wet age-related macular degeneration, retinal and choroidal neovascularisation and the involvement of the microglia, pericytes and other cells in these processes. Moreover, I am working on visual electrophysiology in patients.


Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Michael Hoffmann

Ophthalmic Department, Otto-von-Guericke University
Contact: michael.hoffmann[at]

Head of the Section for Clinical and Experimental Sensory Physiology at the Ophthalmic Department of the Otto-von-Guericke University.

He uses various magnetic resonance imaging techniques, non-invasive electrophysiology and psychophysics to study the physiology, pathophysiology and plasticity of the human visual system.

Dr. rer. nat. Katja Köppen

Department of Microbiology and Immunology, The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, Hanover, NH, USA
Contact: Katja.Koeppen[at]

Current research interests:

  • Investigate pathways underlying CFTR (cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator) trafficking and identify interaction partners that up-regulate membrane density and channel activity
  • Study host-pathogen interactions to elucidate how bacteria that colonize the lungs of cystic fibrosis patients communicate with human airway cells to dampen the host immune response

Prof. Dr. Jan Kremers

Dept. of Ophthalmology, University Hospital Erlangen,University of Erlangen-Nürnberg
Contact: jan.kremers[at]

  • We are interested in the visual information processing in the retina.
  • We want to know how these processes change in the presence of retinal disorder.
  • With that knowledge, we hope we can develop tools for a better diagnosis and monitoring of disease and we hope that we can also monitor the success of a therapy.

Dr. rer. nat. Stefan Kustermann

Pharma Research and Early Development, F. Hoffmann-La Roche AG, Basel
Contact: stefan.kustermann[at]

  • Lab-Head Mechanistic Safety
  • Current research interests: in-vitro safety profiling of drug candidates

Eleni Papageorgiou, MD, MSc, PhD

Ophthalmology Group, University of Leicester, Leicester Royal Infirmary, Leicester, UK
Contact: ep210[at] | e_papage[at]

  • Interests: paediatric ophthalmology, neuro-ophthalmology, strabismus surgery, driving ability, visual field defects, normal and abnormal visual development, amblyopia, nystagmus

Prof. Robert Rejdak

Department of General Ophthalmology, Medical University of Lublin, Lublin, Poland
Contact: robertrejdak[at]

  • Interests: basic and clinical research on retinal degeneration and neuroprotection; vitreoretinal and catarct surgery; surgical management of ocular trauma

Dr. rer. nat. Susanne Schmid

University of Western Ontario, London, ON, Canada
Contact: susanne.schmid[at]

  • Associate Professor for Neurobiology
  • Anatomy & Cell Biology, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, University of Western Ontario, London, ON, Canada

We are interested in synaptic mechanisms of pre-attentive sensory information processing and sensory filtering, and its disruptions in neurodegenerative diseases and mental disorders. We combine basic scientific approaches such as in vitro and in vivo electrophysiology, behavioral testing, optogenetics, and voltage-sensitive dye imaging in animal models with clinical approaches in collaboration with neurosurgeons and neurologists.

Hendrik P.N. Scholl, M.D., M.A.

Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland, United Sates
Contact: hscholl1[at]

  • The Dr. Frieda Derdeyn Bambas Professor of Ophthalmology
  • Director, Retinal Degeneration Clinic (Retina Division, Wilmer Eye Institute)
  • Director, Visual Neurophysiology Service (Johns Hopkins Hospital)
  • Present Interest: Neurodegeneration of the Retina

"Having received my training in ophthalmology in Tübingen including the Institute for Ophthalmic Research I tell everybody in the US what an excellent place this is."

Prof. Dr. med. Perikles Simon

Department of Exercise Physiology, Disease Prevention and Rehabilitation, Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz
Contact: simonpe[at]

The main focus of my work is Molecular Exercise Physiology and Doping Prevention. At present I am heading the Department of Exercise Physiology, Disease Prevention and Rehabilitation at the Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz.

Dr. rer. nat. Julia Steinhuber

Study Program Manager Roche Pharma AG Grenzach
Contact: julia.steinhuber[at]

  • Interests: establishing new therapy options in oncology via clinical trials

Dr. rer. nat. Tudor C. Tepelus

Research fellow at Doheny Eye Institute, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Contact: tudor.tepelus[at]

  • Interests: Clinical research involving in vivo confocal microscopy in ocular surface pathology
  • Studied: Graduate School of Neural and Behavioural Sciences, University of Tuebingen

Further Alumni of the IOR

(in alphabetical order)

  • ALEXANDER, Christiana
  • ASHBY, Regan
  • BARRY, Jean-Cyriaque
  • BARTMANN, Marieluise
  • BAUR, Manuela
  • BIEHLMAIER, Oliver
  • BREUINGER, Tobias
  • CARPIO, Ronald
  • CELLERINO, Alessandro
  • CZOP, Darius
  • DE LUCA, Emanuela
  • DIETRICH, Karen
  • ERB, Karl
  • FAUSER, Sascha
  • FRIEDBURG, Christoph
  • GAMER, Daphne
  • GUENTHER, Elke
  • HARTMANN, Jens
  • HEWIG, Birgit
  • HOEFLER, Simone
  • HOFFMANN, Kristina
  • INNOCENTI, Barbara
  • JABS, Ronald
  • JACOBI, Felix
  • JÄGLE, Herbert
  • KACZMAREK, Radoslaw
  • KAYMAK, Hakan
  • KILAVIK, Björg
  • KIRSCH, Benno
  • KLAUSEN, Gert
  • KNAU, Holger
  • KOHLER, Konrad
  • KOKINOU, Despina
  • KOVACS, Beatrix
  • KRAMER, Janina
  • LADEWIG, Thomas
  • MALKUS, Joanna
  • MAURER, Johannes
  • MAYSER, Helmut
  • MEIERKORD, Sabine
  • NOWOMIEJSKA, Katarzyna
  • OHNGEMACH, Sybille
  • OTT, Matthias
  • PETZOLD, Axel
  • PUSCH, Carsten
  • REIFF, Dirk
  • REINHARD, Jens
  • RICKERS, Markus
  • ROHRER, Bärbel
  • RONI, Valeria
  • SADOWSKI, Bettina
  • SAUTTER, Monika
  • SCHMITZ, Yvonne
  • SHARPE, Lindsay
  • SKORKOVSKA, Karolina
  • STAHLBERG, Frederik
  • STEPIEN, Marciej
  • STÜBINGER, Nicole
  • SZABO, Arnold
  • TEHRANI, Arman
  • TORNOW, Ralph
  • USUI, Tomoaki
  • VARSANYI, Balazs
  • VIDINOVA, Christina
  • VOGT, Sabine
  • WEISS, Stefan
  • WILKE, Robert
  • (…tbc…)

Experimental Ophthalmology in 1995

The Team of the ‘Experimental Ophthalmology’ in 1995

The Team of the ‘Experimental Ophthalmology’, the ancestor organisation of the present Institute for Ophthalmic Research in Tuebingen, Germany.

The picture was taken in the year 1995 (courtesy by Frank Schaeffel)