Our Team

Prof. Marcus Fruttiger

Group Director, Professor of Experimental Ophthalmology, UCL

Prof Fruttiger obtained his PhD in Neurobiology in 1994 at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich, Switzerland. He then worked as a postdoctoral and Wellcome Trust career development fellow at UCL in London, UK and took up a tenured position at the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology in 2007, where he established himself as an expert in the biology and pathology of the retinal vasculature.

Prof Fruttiger’s research is focused on vascular development and physiology of the retina, as well as associated diseases, such as Diabetic Retinopathy, Retinopathy of Prematurity, Macular Telangiectasia and Age-related Macular Degeneration. In his laboratory, basic science studies in model systems are complemented by histopathological studies on human post-mortem tissue to learn how model-based insights can be related to clinical findings and translated to therapies. His team also use patient phenotyping, genetic information and bio samples to learn more about genetic and molecular mechanisms that drive pathologies in the retina.