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Stephanie C. Joachim

Short CV

Since 2010: Head of the Experimental Eye Research Institute at the Ruhr University in Bochum
2006 – 2010 Post-Doc at the Experimental Ophthalmology of the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Mainz
2006 MD Thesis at the Experimental Ophthalmology at the University of Mainz
2004 – 2005 Post-Doc Fellowship at Alcon Research Laboratories

Studies in medicine at the University of Ulm and University of Mainz

Scientifc Interest

  • Understanding the pathomechanisms of glaucoma
  • Degenerative diseases of the retina
  • Neuroprotection and vision restoration


  • Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO)
  • German Society of Ophthalmology (DOG)
  • Society of Neuroscience (SfN)
Stephanie Joachim
Stephanie Joachim

Research Group

Experimental Eye Research Institute

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Ruhr University Eye Hospital


In der Schornau 23-25
44892 Bochum

Phone: +49-234-299-3156
Fax: +49-234-299-3157



Key Publications

  1. Laspas P, Gramlich OW, Müller H., Gottschling PF, Cuny CS, Pfeiffer N, Joachim SC, Grus FH.
    Autoreactive antibodies induced by ocular antigens.
    Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science. 2011. 52(12):8835-8848.
  2. Gramlich OW, Joachim SC, Gottschling PF, Laspas P, Cuny C, Reichmann J, Pfeiffer N, Grus FH.
    Retinal ganglion cell loss and antibody development against ocular tissues after immunization with myelin basic protein.
    Graefes Arch Clin Exp Ophthalmol. 2011. 249(7):1009-1020.
  3. Joachim SC, Wax MB, Boehm N, Dirk D, Pfeiffer N, Grus FH.
    Up-regulation of antibody response to heat shock proteins and tissue antigens in an ocular ischemia model.
    Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science. 2011. 52(6):3468-3474.
  4. Joachim SC, Wax MB, Seidel P, Pfeiffer N, Grus FH.
    Enhanced characterization of serum autoantibody reactivity following HSP 60 immunization in a rat model of experimental autoimmune glaucoma.
    Current Eye Research. 2010. 35(10):900-908.
  5. Joachim SC, Grus FH, Kraft D, White-Farrar K, Barnes G, Barbeck M, Ghanaati S, Cao S, Li B, Wax MB.
    Complex Antibody Profile Changes in an Experimental Autoimmune Glaucoma Animal Model.
    Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science. 2009. 50(10):4734-4742.
  6. Joachim SC, Reichelt J, Berneiser S, Pfeiffer N, Grus FH.
    Sera of glaucoma patients show antibodies against myelin basic protein and complex autoantibody profiles against human optic nerve antigens.
    Graefe's Archive for Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology. 2008. 246(4):573-580.
  7. Joachim SC, Wuenschig D, Pfeiffer N, Grus FH.
    IgG antibody patterns in aqueous humor of patients with primary open angle glaucoma and pseudoexfoliation glaucoma.
    Molecular Vision. 2007. 13:1573-1579.
  8. Joachim SC, Bruns K, Lackner KJ, Pfeiffer N, Grus FH.
    Analysis of IgG antibody patterns against retinal antigens and antibodies to alpha-crystallin, GFAP, and alpha-enolase in sera of patients with "wet" age-related macular degeneration.
    Graefe's Archive for Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology. 2007. 245(5):619-626.

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