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"

  • 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)

  • Collaborative Project DRUGSFORD (HEALTH-F2-2012-304963)
    "Preclinical development of drugs and drug delivery technology for the treatment of inherited photoreceptor degeneration"
  • Initial Training Network OpAL (PITN-GA-2010-264605)
    "Optical and adaptational limits of vision"
  • Initial Training Network Edu-GLIA (PITN-GA-2009-237956)
    "Innovative techniques and models to study glia-neuron interactions"
  • Coordination Action EuroVisionNet (HEALTH-F2-2008-200641)
    "Visual impairment and degeneration: A roadmap for vision research within Europe"
  • Collaborative Project OtoStem (HEALTH-2013-F4-603029)
    "Human stem cell applications for the treatment of hearing loss"
  • Initial Training Network NeuroGut (PITN-GA-2013-607652)
    "European Training in Neural Regulation of Intestinal Function"

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, 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Schaeffel F, Diether S (1999). The growing eye: an autofocus system that works on very poor images. Vision Research 39(9):1585-1589.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.