Frank Schaeffel

Frank Schaeffel, PhD

Institute of Opthalmic Research
University of Tübingen


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Prof. Frank Schaeffel has studied biology and physics at the University of Freiburg followed by a PhD in biophysics on the visual system of the fruit fly. After two postdoctoral positions at Cornell University (Ithaca, NY, USA) with Howard Howland (1985-1988) and at the Max-Planck-Laboratory at the Eye Clinics (Munich, Germany) with Prof. Eberhard Zrenner (1988-1989), he became research associate and Schilling Foundation Professor at the University Eye Clinics Tübingen (Germany). Since 2000, he has been C3 professor and head of the Section of Neurobiology of the Eye at the Research Institute of Ophthalmology in Tübingen. Frank Schaeffel is a senior professor since 2019 and guest professor at the Institute of Molecular and Clinical Ophthalmology Basel (IOB) since 2020. In the IOB Myopia Research Group, Frank Schaeffel works with other scientists to develop and study visual stimuli to reduce eye growth. This research involves human subjects and also studies visual control of eye growth in mouse models.