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Bernd Wissinger

Dr. Bernd Wissinger is currently the leader of the Molecular Genetics Laboratory at the Institute of Ophthalmic Research, Centre for Ophthalmology, University Clinics Tuebingen, Germany.

Short CV

1988Diploma (Biology); University of Tuebingen
1991Promotion (Dr.rer.nat.); University of Tuebingen
1991 - 1993Research Fellow; Dept. Neuroopthalmology and Pathophysiology of Vision, University Eye Hospital Tübingen
1993 - 2008Group Leader; Molecular Genetics Laboratory, University Eye Hospital Tübingen
since 2008Professor for Genetics of Sensory Systems, Institute of Ophthalmic Research, Centre for Ophthalmology, University Clinics Tübingen

Scientifc Interest

  • Genetics of Hereditary Retinal Disorders; Genetic and Molecular Basis of Color Vision,
  • Mitochondria and Mitochondriopathies, Genetic Epidemiology, Gene Expression and Gene regulation,
  • Genome Analysis


  • Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
  • American Society of Human Genetics
  • Human Genome Variation Society
Dr. Bernd Wissinger
Dr. Bernd Wissinger

Research Group

Molecular Genetics Laboratory

Institute of Ophthalmic Research, Centre for Ophthalmology, University Clinics Tuebingen, Germany


University Clinics Tuebingen
Centre for Ophthalmology, Institute of Ophthalmic Research,
Molecular Genetics Laboratory

Dr. Bernd Wissinger
Roentgenweg 11
D-72076 Tuebingen


Phone: +49 7071 2985032
Fax: +49 7071 295725


Key Publications

  • Koeppen K, Reuter P, Kohl S, Baumann B, Ladewig T, Wissinger B. (2008)
    Functional analysis of human CNGA3 mutations associated with colour blindness suggests impaired surface expression of channel mutants A3(R427C) and A3(R563C). Eur J Neurosci. 27(9):2391-401.
  • Wissinger, B., Dangel, S., Jägle, H., Hanse, L., Baumann, B., Rudolph, G., Wolf, C., Bonin, M., Koeppen, K., Ladewig, T., Kohl, S., Zrenner, E., Rosenberg, T.(2008)
    Cone Dystrophy with Supernormal Rod Response is strictly associated with Mutations in KCNV2. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 49: 751-757.
  • Alavi M, Bette S, Schimpf S, Schüttauf F, Schraermeyer U, Wehrl HF, Rüttiger L, Beck SC, Tonagel F, Pichler BJ, Knipper M, Peters T, Laufs J, Wissinger B (2007)
    A splice site mutation in the murine OPA1 features pathology of autosomal dominant optic atrophy. Brain 130:1029-1042.
  • Roni, V., Carpio, R., Wissinger, B. (2007)
    Mapping of transcription start sites of human retina expressed genes. BMC Genomics 8:42.
  • Weisschuh, N., Dressler, P., Schuettauf. F., Wolf, C., Wissinger, B., Gramer, E. (2006)
    Novel Mutations of FOXC1 and PITX2 in Patients with Axenfeld-Rieger Malformation. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 47: 3846-3852.
  • Tränkner D, Jägle H, Kohl S, Apfelstedt-Sylla E, Sharpe LT, Kaupp UB, Zrenner E, Seifert R, Wissinger B (2004)
    Molecular basis of an inherited form of incomplete achromatopsia. J Neurosci 24: 138-147.
  • Kohl S, Baumann B, Rosenberg T, Kellner U, Lorenz B, Vadala M, Jacobson SG, Wissinger B (2002)
    Mutations in the cone photoreceptor G-protein alpha-subunit gene GNAT2 in patients with achromatopsia. Am J Hum Genet 71:422-425.
  • Wissinger B, Gamer D, Jägle H, Giorda R, Marx T, Mayer S, Tippmann S, Broghammer M et al. (2001)
    CNGA3 mutations in cone photoreceptor disorders. Am J Hum Genet 69: 722-737.
  • Alexander C, Votruba M, Pesch U, Thiselton D, Mayer S, Moore T, Rodriguez M, Kellner U, Leo-Kottler B, Auburger G, Bhattacharya S, Wissinger B (2000)
    OPA1, a gene encoding a dynamin-related GTPase, is mutated in autosomal dominant optic atrophy linked to chromosome 3q28. Nat Genet 26: 211-215.
  • Kohl S, Marx T, Giddings I, Jägle H, Jacobson S, Apfelstedt-Sylla E, Zrenner E, Sharpe LT, Wissinger B (1998)
    Total color blindness is caused by mutations in the gene encoding the ?-subunit of the cone photoreceptor cGMP gated cation channel. Nat Genet 19: 257-259.

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