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Team

Our Tübingen High Altitude Ophthalmology Study Group consists of 4 researchers led by our principle investigator Dr. Gekeler. The idea of the project originated from Gabriel Willmann who has performed high altitude research in recent years in the Himalayas and on Mt. Mckinley. Dr. Fischer and Andreas Schatz have great expertise in structural and functional analyses of the eye and complement our research team. All are currently working in the university Eye Hospital Tübingen.

Florian Geckler

Prof. Dr. Florian Gekeler is a consultant at the Centre for Ophthalmology of the University of Tübingen.
His research interests are in retinal implants, electrical stimulation for degenerative retinal disease, and experimental electrophysiology. In the hospital he currently performs all aspects of anterior and posterior segment eye surgery..

Gabriel Willmann Dr. Gabriel Willmann
Resident and Research Fellow at the Department of Ophthalmology, University of Tübingen.
His research focuses on:
  • the effect of electrical stimulation on the retina
  • color discrimination changes by hypoxia
  • hypoxia induced gene doping
Dominik Fischer Dr. Dominik Fischer
Resident in Ophthalmology and Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for Ophthalmology in Tübingen.

His work focuses on translational research in neurodegenerative disorders of the eye. He recently established non invasive retinal imaging for use in small animals and participates in the development of stem cell and gene therapy based therapeutic strategies. In the clinical setting, he leads a number of clinical trials involving hereditary and acquired retinal pathologies.
Andreas Schatz Dr. Andreas Schatz
Resident and Research Fellow at the Department of Ophthalmology, University of Tübingen.
His research focuses on:
  • retinal degeneration in humans and in animal models
  • electrical stimulation of degenerated retinal cells
  • light damage of retinal cells
  • electrophysiological studies in ophthalmology
Kai Schommer Dr. Kai Schommer
University of Heidelberg,
Hospital for Internal Medicine,
Sport Medicine
Field of study: Acute mountain sickness - pathophysiology and prevention.