Research Manager

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Sigrid Diether

First nameSigrid
Present position and titleResearch Manager

Business address

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

Phone: +49 (0)7071 29-84018
Fax: +49 (0)7071 29-3774
E-mail: sigrid.diether[at]

Academic Education

2000Dr. rer.nat. (Ph.D. of. nat. sciences), Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen
1995Diploma in biology, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen
1988German High School Diploma at the Quenstedt-Gymnasium in Mössingen

Professional Experience

2006 - today Univ. Clinic Tübingen, Inst. for Ophthalmic Research, RMU
Research Management
Vision Research / ophthalmology
2006 Carl Zeiss Surgical GmbH, Oberkochen
Optics (intraoperative refractive measurements)
2003 - 2004 Univ. Clinic Tübingen, Section of Neurobiology of the Eye
Postdoctoral position
(funded by the Novartis Pharma AG, Basel)
Myopia research
2001 - 2002 UC Berkeley, School of Optometry
Postdoctoral position
Myopia research
2001 Univ. Clinic Tübingen, Section of Neurobiology of the Eye
Scientific employee
Myopia research
1995 - 2000 University Clinic Tübingen, Section of Neurobiology of the Eye
Doctoral candidate
Myopia research
1994 - 1995 Univ. Clinic Tübingen, Dept. of Experimental Ophthalmology
Diploma candidate
Myopia research

Management Experience


  • European Training Network transMed (H2020-MSCA-ITN-2017-765441)
    "Educating the next generation of scientists in translational medicine: Focus on eye diseases"

  • Collaborative Project Soraprazan (H2020-SC1-2017-779317; clinical research on regenerative medicine)
    "Soraprazan - a new regenerative therapy for Stargardt's disease"

  • European Training Network MyFUN (H2020-MSCA-ITN-2015-675137)
    "Myopia: Fundamental understanding needed"

  • European Training Network switchBoard (H2020-MSCA-ITN-2015-674901)
    "In the Eye of the Observer: Visual Processing at the Heart of the Retina"

  • Collaborative Project EYE-RISK (Grant Agreement number 634479, Personalised Health Care)
    "Exploring the combined role of genetic and non-genetic factors for developing Age-Related Macular Degeneration: A systems level analysis of disease subgroups, risk factors, and pathways"

EC 7th Framework Programme (FP7)

EC 6th Framework Programme (FP6)

  • Research Training Network My Europia (MRTN-CT-2006-034021)
    "European training in myopia research"
  • Research Training Network CavNet (MRTN-CT-2006-035367)
    "L-type calcium channels in health and disease"
  • MC Host Fellowship for Early Stage Research Training NeuroTrain (MEST-CT-2005-020235)
    "Training and understanding neurodegenerative diseases"
  • MC Host Fellowship for Early Stage Research Training PERACT (MEST-CT-2004-504321)
    "Perception and action in space"
  • Research Training Network RETNET (MRTN-CT-2003-504003)
    "European retinal research training network"


  1. Diether S, Schaeffel F, Wheeler-Schilling TH (2009). My Europia - Structured European Education for Ambitious Young Researchers in Myopia Research. Ophthalmology Times Europe, 2009, Vol 5, 8
  2. Diether S, Schaeffel F, Lambrou GN, Fritsch C, Trendelenburg AU (2007). Effects of intravitreally and intraperitoneally injected atropine on two types of experimental myopia in chicken. Experimental Eye Research 84(2):266-74. doi: 10.1016/j.exer.2006.09.019
  3. Bertrand E, Fritsch C, Diether S, Lambrou G, Müller D, Schaeffel F, Schindler P, Schmid KL, van Oostrum J, Voshol H (2006). Identification of apolipoprotein A-I as a "STOP" signal for myopia. Molecular & Cellular Proteomics 5(11):2158-66. doi: 10.1074/mcp.M600073-MCP200
  4. Diether S, Wildsoet CF (2005). Stimulus requirements for the decoding of myopic and hyperopic defocus under single and competing defocus conditions in the chicken. Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science 46(7):2242-2252. doi: 10.1167/iovs.04-1200
  5. Diether S, Gekeler F, Schaeffel F (2001). Changes in contrast sensitivity induced by defocus and their possible relations to emmetropization in the chicken. Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science 42(12):3072-3079.
  6. Diether S, Schaeffel F (1999). Long-term changes in retinal contrast sensitivity in chicks from frosted occluders and drugs: relations to myopia? Vision Research 39(15):2499-2510. doi: 10.1016/s0042-6989(99)00005-x
  7. Schaeffel F, Diether S (1999). The growing eye: an autofocus system that works on very poor images. Vision Research 39(9):1585-1589. doi: 10.1016/s0042-6989(98)00304-6
  8. Feldkaemper M, Diether S, Kleine G, Schaeffel F (1999). Interactions of spatial and luminance information in the retina of chickens during myopia development. Experimental Eye Research 68(1):105-115. doi: 10.1006/exer.1998.0590.
  9. Diether S, Schaeffel F (1997). Local changes in eye growth induced by imposed local refractive error despite active accommodation. Vision Research 37(6):659-668. doi: 10.1016/s0042-6989(96)00224-6