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Friedrich Paulsen

Short CV

2001Associate Professor Anatomy, Christian Albrecht University of Kiel, Germany
2003Full Professor in Anatomy, Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg, Germany
2006Dr. Gerhard Mann Sicca Research Award, Germany
2006Editor-in-Chief Annals of Anatomy (Elsevier)
2006Secretary German Anatomical Society and 2009 Secretary General International Federation of Associations of Anatomy
2010Full Professor in Anatomy and Head of Department, Friedrich Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany

Scientifc Interest

  • Anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology of the tear film,
  • ocular surface,
  • lacrimal apparatus,
  • tears and tear flow,
  • corneal wound healing,
  • lid anatomy,
  • meibomian gland function,
  • bacterial colonization and defense by antimicrobial peptides,
  • mucins and trefoil factor peptides in tear


  • German Anatomical Society
  • German Ophthalmological Society
  • German Society of Otorhinolaryngology
  • ARVO
  • TFOS
  • ISER
  • Anatomical Society of Great Britain and Ireland
  • International Society of Dacryology and Dry Eye
  • Romanian Anatomical Society
  • European Laryngological Society

Further Activities

  • Editor-in-Chief Annals of Anatomy, Editorial Board – Curr Eye Res, Ophthalmologe and sev. other anatomical journals, 
  • Councilor Gouverning Board TFOS,
  • Secretary German Anat. Society, Secretary General IFAA,
  • Edior of 23. Ed. of Sobotta – Atlas of Anatomy

Friedrich Paulsen
Friedrich Paulsen


Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg

Department of Anatomy II

Universitätsstr. 19
91054 Erlangen

Phone: +49 91318522865
Fax: +49 91318522862



Key Publications

  1. Paulsen F, Berry M.
    Mucins and TFF peptides of the tear film and lacrimal apparatus.
    Prog Histochem Cytochem 2006;41:1-53
  2. Jäger K, Wu G, Sel S, Garreis F, Bräuer L, Paulsen F.
    MUC16 in the lacrimal apparatus.
    Histochem Cell Biol 2007;127:433-438
  3. Bräuer L, Kindler C, Jäger K, Sel S, Nölle B, Pleyer U, Ochs M, Paulsen F.
    Detection of surfactant proteins A and D in human tear fluid and the human lacrimal system.
    Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 2007;48:3945-3953
  4. Paulsen F, Woon CW, Varoga D, Jansen A, Jäger K, Amm M, Podolsky D, Barker N, Steven P, Sel S.
    Tff3 promotes corneal wound healing in mice.
    J Biol Chem 2008;283:13418-13427
  5. Jäger K, Bönisch U, Risch M, Worlitzsch D, Paulsen F (2009)
    Detection of cationic amino acid transporters in the human lacrimal system and their involvement in ocular surface disease.
    Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 50:1112-1121
  6. Minsel I, Mentlein R, Sel S, Diebold Y, Bräuer L, Mühlbauer E, Paulsen F.
    Somatostatin is secreted by the human lacrimal gland into the tear film and acts via somotostatin receptors 1, -2, and –5 which are modulated by inflammatory processes at the ocular surface.
    Endocrinology 2009;150:2254-2263
  7. Garreis F, Schlorf T, Worlitzsch D, Steven P, Bräuer L, Jäger K, Paulsen F.
    Roles of human ß-defensins in innate immune defense at the ocular surface: arming and alarming corneal and conjunctival epithelial cells.
    Histochem Cell Biol 2010;134:59-73
  8. Gipson IK, Argüeso P, Beuerma-nn R, Bonini S, Butovich I, Dana R, Dartt D, Gamache D, Ham B, Jumblatt M, Korb D, Kruse F, Ogawa Y, Paulsen F, Stern M, Sweeney DF, Tiffany J, Ubels J, Willcox M.
    Reseach in Dry Eye: report of the research subcom-mittee of the international dry eye workshop (2007).
    Ocul Surf 2007;5:179-194
  9. Garreis F, Gottschalt M, Schlorf T, Gläser R, Harder J, Worlitzsch D, Paulsen F.
    Expression and regulation of antimicrobial peptide psoriasin (S100A7) at the ocular surface and in the lacrimal apparatus.
    Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 2011;52:4914-4922
  10. Green-Church KB, Butovich I, Willcox M, Borchman D, Paulsen F, Barabino S, Glasgow B.
    The Meibomian Gland Workshop Study Report: Meibomian gland contribution to the tear film.
    Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 2011;52:1979-1993

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