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Welcome to the Research group Cellular and Molecular Ophthalmology!

Despite advances in modern medicine in recent decades, millions of people diagnosed with retinal dystrophy suffer severe visual impairment or even blindness.

To avoid animal testing, the reprogramming of somatic cells into induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) and the advancement of 3D retinal organoid technology offer a valuable opportunity to study, understand and even treat retinal diseases. In addition, materials for retinal prostheses based on organic semiconductor technology can be tested with the aim of restoring the limited functionality of retinal cells.

Our research focuses on two main goals: the establishment of a new retinal organoid model to explore therapeutic approaches while avoiding animal testing and the development of novel organic retinal prostheses.


Research group Cellular and Molecular Ophthalmology


Johannes Kepler University Linz
MED Campus I
Krankenhausstrasse 5
4020 Linz


Building ADM, 6th floor


+43 732 2468 8814

News 29.05.2024

Kepler Science Day 2024

Franziska Ammer Pickhardt, Master student at our research group, presented her thesis work at the Kepler Science Day 2024.

News 29.05.2024

ARVO Meeting 2024

On May 2024, Dr. Ahmad Salti and Alessandro Bellapianta presented in Seattle, USA, their latest research work on stem cell derived retinal organoids at the annual meeting of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology ARVO 2024, the biggest international Vision meeting in the world. 

arvo meeting 2024
News 22.12.2023

Impetus MED Call: Research funding approved for 10 applications

The Impetus program supports, among other things, young researchers and returnees for up to two years.