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Prof Marcus Fruttiger
UCL Institute of Ophthalmology
11-43 Bath Street
Tel: 0044 20 7608 6872
Fax: 0044 20 7608 6810
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  • Professor of Experimental Ophthalmology
  • Institute of Ophthalmology
  • Faculty of Brain Sciences
Prof Fruttiger obtained his PhD in Neurobiology in 1994 at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich, Switzerland. He then worked as a postdoctoral and Wellcome Trust career development fellow at UCL in London, UK and took up a tenured position at the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology in 2007, where he established himself as an expert in the biology and pathology of the retinal vasculature.

Research Summary

Prof Fruttiger's research is focused on vascular development and physiology of the retina, as well as associated diseases, such as Diabetic Retinopathy, Retinopathy of Prematurity, Macular Telangiectasia and Age-related Macular Degeneration. In his laboratory, basic science studies in model systems are complemented by histopathological studies on human post-mortem tissue to learn how model-based insights can be related to clinical findings and translated to therapies. In collaboration with clinicians at Moorfields Eye Hospital his team also use patient phenotyping, genetic information and bio samples to learn more about genetic and molecular mechanisms that drive pathologies in the retina.

Teaching Summary
Prof Fruttiger is passionate about teaching and has for many years been actively involved in delivering UCL postgraduate taught courses, using modern teaching methods such as blended learning, flipped teaching and eLearning. He is the programme director of the UCL Bioscience Entrepreneurship MSc and is also Deputy Director of Education at the Institute of Ophthalmology.
Academic Background
1994   Doctor of Philosophy Eidgenossische Technische Hochschule Zurich
1990   Diploma Eidgenossische Technische Hochschule Zurich
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