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Laboratory for Ocular Cell Biology

The aim of my research is to gain a better understanding of corneal diseases, corneal wound healing and refractive surgical procedures.



  • Pilot studies, clinical studies phase 1-3


  • Molecular biology
  • Immunefluorescence
  • Light and electron microscopy
  • In vivo rabbit model for corneal wound healing after laser injury
  • In vivo mouse model for induced retinal degeneration
  • Various transgenic mouse models

Scientific Cooperations

  • Cooperation 1:
    Ronald Smith (Doheny Eye Institute, USC, Los Angeles, Ca, USA)
  • Cooperation 2:
    Eberhard Spoerl (Dept. of Ophthalmology, University of Dresden, Germany)
  • Cooperation 3:
    Gregory Schultz (Dept. of Gynecology and Obstetrics, University of Glorida, Gainesville, Fl, USA)
  • Cooperation 4:
    Ali Hafezi-Moghadam (Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA)

Group Leader

Farhad Hafezi
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University Hospitals of Geneva

Department of Ophthalmology

22, Rue Alcide-Jentzer
CH-1211 Geneva 14

Phone: +41 (0)22 / 382 83 62
Fax: +41 / 22 - 382 84 33



Current Research Projects

  • Project 1:
    Molecular regulation of corneal wound repair
  • Project 2:
    Improving corneal collagen cross-linking for the treatment of corneal infections
  • Project 3:
    Scleral collagen cross-linking for the prevention of myopia
  • Project 4:
    Increasing graft survival in high-risk keratoplasties
  • Project 5:
    Hormonal influences on ocular biomechanics

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