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Michaela Bitzer

First nameMichaela
Present position and titleScientific Coordinator

Business address

Institute of Ophthalmic Research
Centre for Ophthalmology,
University of Tübingen
Elfriede-Aulhorn-Strasse 7
D-72076 Tübingen,

Phone: +49 (0)7071 29-87099
Fax: +49 (0)7071 29-3774
E-mail: michaela.bitzer[at]

Academic Education

Year Degree University Field of study
2003 Ph.D. University of Tuebingen, Germany Vision Science
1995 Diploma (German Degree) University of Tuebingen, Germany Biology (Physiology/Genetics/Pharmacology)

Professional Experience

Period Institution Position Discipline
2008 – present Centre for Ophthalmology, Institute for Ophthalmic Research, Research Management Unit Scientific Coordinator Science Management
2007 – present Thieme Verlag, Stuttgart, Germany Freelance Science Writer monthly Ophthalmology Journal (“Klinische Monatsblätter der Augenheilkunde”)
2004 - 2007 University of California Los Angeles, USA, Dept. for Neurobiology at the Center for Health Sciences Postdoctoral Associate Scientific project (retinal research): Information processing in horizontal cells
2003 – 2004 Centre for Ophthalmology, Institute for Ophthalmic Research, Section of Neurobiology of the Eye, Tuebingen, Germany Postdoctoral Associate Scientific project (Experimental Myopia): Working on sign-of-defocus detection, i.e. how can the eye distinguish if the image lies in front (hyperopic defocus) or behind the retina (myopic defocus).
1999-2003 Centre for Ophthalmology, Institute for Ophthalmic Research, Section of Neurobiology of the Eye, Tuebingen, Germany Doctoral research Thesis: “Expression of the transcription factor ZENK in glucagon amacrine cells of the chicken retina and its possible role during myopia development”.
1998-1999 Centre for Ophthalmology, Institute for Ophthalmic Research, Section of Neurobiology of the Eye, Tuebingen, Germany Diploma research Thesis: “Investigation of retinoic acid synthesizing enzymes in the chicken”

Management Experience

 EC 7th Framework Programme (FP7)

  • Initial Training Network OpAL (PITN-GA-2010-264605)
    "Optical and adaptational limits of vision"

EC 6th Framework Programme (FP6)

  • Research Training Network CavNet (MRTN-CT-2006-035367)
    "L-type calcium channels in health and disease"

Other Projects

  • Hereditary Retinal Disorders – From Patients toward Therapie:
    HOPE 1 (01GM08531) and HOPE 2 (01GM0850).
    HOPE is a disease-specific network for rare diseases funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

Additional information

2005 – 2006Postdoctoral Award, Fight for Sight Award Program, New York
2004Travel Grant, GlaxoSmithKline Stiftung (Munich, Germany)


  1. Guo C, Hirano AA, Stella SL Jr, Bitzer M, Brecha NC (2010). Guinea pig horizontal cells express GABA, the GABA-synthesizing enzyme GAD 65, and the GABA vesicular transporter. Journal of Comparative Neurology, 518 (10), 1647-69.
  2. Bitzer M, Kovacs B, Feldkaemper M and Schaeffel F (2006). Effects of muscarinic antagonists on retinal ZENK expression in the chick eye. Experimental Eye Research, 82 (3), 379-88.
  3. Bitzer M and Schaeffel, F (2006). ZENK expression of retinal glucagon amacrine cells in chicks: the effect of defocus presented in vivo, in vitro and under anaesthesia. Vision Research, 46(6-7), 848-59.
  4. Simon P, Feldkaemper F, Bitzer M, Ohngemach S and Schaeffel F (2004). Early transcriptional changes of retinal and choroidal TGFb-2, RALDH-2 and ZENK following imposed positive and negative defocus in chickens. Molecular Vision, 10, 588-597.
  5. Bitzer M and Schaeffel F (2003). Effects of quisqualic acid on retinal ZENK expression induced by imposed defocus in the chick eye. Optometry and Vision Sciences, 81 (2), 127-136.
  6. Bitzer M and Schaeffel F (2002). Defocus-induced changes in ZENK expression in the chicken retina. Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, 43 (1), 246-252.
  7. Bitzer M, Feldkaemper F and Schaeffel F (2000). Visually induced changes in components of the retinoic acid system in fundal layers of the chick. Experimental Eye Research, 70, 97-106.