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Volker Enzmann

Short CV

1991 M.Sc. in Biology from the University of Leipzig, Germany
1995 Ph.D. in Immunology / Cell Biology from the University of Leipzig, Germany
1995-2000 Postdoc at the Dept. of Ophthalmology, University of Leipzig, Germany
2001-2006 Instructor / Assistant Professor at the Dept. of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, School of Medicine, UofL, KY
Since 2006 Research Director at the Dept. of Ophthalmology, Inselspital, University of Bern, Switzerland
2010 Venia Docendi from the University of Bern, Switzerland


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Scientifc Interest

  • Age-related macular degeneration
  • Stem cells
  • Regenerative Medicine
  • Neuroprotection

Further Activities

  • Scientific Reviewer for several Scientific Journals and Grant Agencies


  • Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO)
  • International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR)
  • International Society for Eye Research (ISER)
  • Schweizerische Ophthalmologische Gesellschaft (SOG)
Volker Enzmann
Volker Enzmann

Research Group

Experimental Ophthalmology

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University of Bern


Freiburgstrasse 14
3010 Bern

Phone: +41316328935
Fax: +41316324882



Key Publications

  1. Zulliger R, Lecaudé S, Eigeldinger-Berthou S, Wolf-Schnurrbusch UEK, Enzmann V:
    Caspase-3-independent photoreceptor degeneration by N-methyl-N-nitrosourea (MNU) induces morphological and functional changes in the mouse retina.
    Graefes Arch Clin Exp Ophthalmol. DOI 10.1007/s00417-010-1584-6, 2011.
  2. Franco LM, Zulliger R, Wolf-Schnurrbusch UE, Yoshiaki Katagari Y, Kaplan HJ, Wolf S, Enzmann V:
    Low dose sodium iodate induces patchy loss of retinal pigment epithelium and decreases visual function in a mouse model.
    Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 50:400-4010, 2009.
  3. Enzmann V, Yolcu E, Kaplan HJ, Ildstad ST:
    Stem cells as tools in regenerative therapy for retinal degeneration. Arch Ophthalmol. 127(4):563-571, 2009.
  4. Li Y, Atmaca-Sonmez P, Schanie CL, Ildstad ST, Kaplan HJ, Enzmann V:
    Endogenous bone marrow derived cells express retinal pigment epithelium cell markers and migrate to focal areas of RPE damage.
    Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 48(9):4321-7, 2007.
  5. Atmaca-Sonmez P, Li Y, Yamauchi Y, Schanie CL, Ildstad ST, Kaplan HJ, Enzmann V:
    Systemically transferred hematopoietic stem cells home to the subretinal space and express RPE-65 in a mouse model of retinal pigment epithelium damage.
    Exp Eye Res. 83(5):1295-302, 2006.
  6. Li Y, Reca RG, Atmaca-Sonmez P, Ratajczak MZ, Ildstad ST, Kaplan HJ, Enzmann V:
    Retinal pigment epithelium damage enhances expression of chemoattractants and migration of bone marrow-derived stem cells.
    Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 47(4):1646-52, 2006.
  7. Enzmann V, Row BW, Yamauchi Y, Kheirandish L, Gozal D, Kaplan HJ, McCall MA.
    Behavioral and anatomical abnormalities in a sodium iodate-induced model of retinal pigment epithelium degeneration.
    Exp Eye Res. 82(3):441-8, 2006.

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