Bringing the future into focus

Dr. Sascha Fauser

Dr. Sascha FauserDr. Sascha Fauser

Dr. Fauser is an expert in the field of the genetics of ocular diseases. Together with an English team of scientists he was the first to show that structural gene defects in the eye can be repaired using gene therapy. Besides, he has developed and studied several transgenic animal models, which can be used to answer questions regarding the formation of retinal disorders such as AMD.


  • Medical studies in Tuebingen and London
  • 1998 to 2002: Research scientist, University Eye Clinic Tuebingen
  • Research at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Harvard Medical School, Boston and the Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee (USA)
  • Since 2002: University Eye Clinic Cologne
  • 2006: Qualification as a professor of ophthalmology
  • Head physician  in the Dept. of vitreoretinal  surgery


  • Basic research on genetics
  • Gene therapy


  • Objectives & coordination
  • Patient recruitment

Selected publications

  • Biel M, Seeliger MW, Pfeifer A, Kohler K, Gerstner A, Ludwig A, Jaissle G, Fauser S, Zrenner E, Hofmann F (1999) Selective loss of cone function in mice lacking the cyclic nucleotide-gated channel CNG3. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 96:7553-7557
  • Ali RR, Sarra G, Stephens C, de Alwis M, Bainbridge JB, Munro P, Fauser S, Reichel MB, Hunt DM, Kinnon C, Bhattacharya SS, Thrasher AJ (2000) Restoration of photoreceptor ultrastructure and function in retinal degeneration slow mice by gene therapy.
  • Nature Genet 25:306-310.
  • Fauser S, Luberichs J, Schuttauf F (2002) Genetic animal models for retinal degeneration.Surv Ophthalmol 47:357-367.

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