Prof. Dr. Friedrich Paulsen

Institute of Functional and Clinical Anatomy

The institute’s research focuses on questions concerning the eye, in particular the anatomy, immunology and pathophysiology of the ocular surface, the tear film and tear drainage mechanisms. Furthermore, the pathomechanisms that lead to dry eye disease such as lacrimal gland insufficiency and meibomian gland dysfunction are investigated. This involves, among other things, lacrimal gland and meibomian gland replacement by means of stem cell therapy. Other research topics include surface-active proteins, in particular surfactant proteins, osteoarthritis, brain mechanics, SARS-CoV-2, microplastics in the human body, various anatomical questions and questions on the health of medical students..

Research projects

  • Antimicrobial peptides at the ocular surface
  • Insights into Meibomian Gland (dys)function
  • Lacrimal gland stem cells
  • Tear drainage mechanisms
  • Mechanisms of corneal regeneration
  • Function of newly described surfactant proteins
  • Microplastic in the body
  • Engineering brain mechanics
  • Drug depots for the eye
  • Health of medical students
  • Corneal wound healing
  • TFF peptides and other peptides in osteoarthritis
  • Analysis of mucus on the ocular surface and in the larynx

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