TU Dresden


Volker Busskamp


2007 – 2010   PhD in Neuroscience, Friedrich Miescher Institute and University of Basel, Switzerland (Botond Roska)


2006 - 2007   Post graduate diploma in Biology (DEA), University of Geneva, Switzerland


2001 – 2006   Diploma in Biotechnology, Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany


Positions held

Since 2019      Professor for degenerative retinal diseases, Department of Ophthalmology, University of Bonn, Germany


Since 2014      Research Group Leader and Freigeist Fellow at the Center for Regenerative Therapies Dresden (CRTD), Germany 


2011 – 2014   Postdoctoral fellow, Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA (George M. Church)


2010 – 2011   Postdoctoral fellow, Friedrich Miescher Institute, Basel, Switzerland (Botond Roska)



2014/2015 Professionals in Science by the Volkswagen Foundation and Zentrum für Wissenschaftsmanagement e.V.



Selected Publications

Kutsche L, Gysi DM, Fallmann J, Lenk K, Petri R, Swiersy A, Klapper SD, Pircs K, Khattak S, Stadler PF, Jakobsson J, Nowick K, Busskamp V. “Combined Experimental and System-Level Analyses Reveal the Complex Regulatory Network of miR-124 during Human Neurogenesis”, Cell Systems 2018 Oct 3 (advanced online publication).


Busskamp V, Lewis NE, Guye P, Ng AHM, Shipman SL, Byrne SE, Murn J, Sanjana NE, Li S, Li Y, Stadler M, Weiss R, Church GM. “Rapid neurogenesis through transcriptional activation in human stem cells”, Molecular Systems Biology 2014 Nov 17;10(11):760


Busskamp V, Krol J, Nelidova D, Daum J, Szikra T, Tsuda B, Jüttner J, Farrow K, Gross Scherf B, Patino Alvarez CP, Genoud C, Sothilingam V, Tanimoto N, Stadler M, Seeliger M, Stoffel M, Filipowicz M, Roska. “MicroRNAs 182 and 183 are necessary to maintain adult cone photoreceptor outer segments and visual function”, Neuron 2014 Aug 6;83(3):586-600


Busskamp V, Duebel J, Balya D, Fradot M, Viney TJ, Siegert S, Groner AC, Cabuy E, Forster V, Seeliger M, Biel M, Humphries P, Paques M, Mohand-Said S, Trono D, Deisseroth K, Sahel JA, Picaud S, Roska B. ”Genetic Reactivation of Cone Photoreceptors Restores Visual Responses in Retinitis pigmentosa”, Science. 23 July 2010: Vol. 329. no. 5990, pp. 413 – 417.


Krol J, Busskamp V, Markiewicz I, Stadler MB, Ribi S, Richter J, Duebel J, Bicker S, Fehling HJ, Schübeler D, Oertner TG, Schratt G, Bibel M, Roska B, Filipowicz W. “Characterizing light-regulated retinal microRNAs reveals rapid turnover as a common property of neuronal microRNAs”, Cell. 2010 May 14;141(4):618-31.


All publications can be found on PubMed. Most publications are freely available for private use. 


  • 2017 - TUD Young Investigator
  • 2017 - Paul Ehrlich and Ludwig Darmstaedter Junior Award
  • 2015 - ERC Starting Grant Investigator
  • 2014 - Young Investigator Award from the European Society for Gene and Cell Therapy (ESGCT) 
  • 2014 - Freigeist Fellowship - Volkswagen Foundation
  • 2012 - Faculty Prize - University of Basel, Switzerland
  • 2012 - Human Frontiers Science Program (HFSP) – Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • 2011 - "RP - Research Prize" from Pro Retina Germany
  • 2011 - "Ed Fischer Prize" for the best PhD thesis at the Friedrich Miescher Institute
  • 2011 - Elisabeth Gateff-PhD Award by the German Genetics Society
  • 2011 - Junior Life Sciences Award from the Debiopharm Group , Lausanne, Switzerland
  • 2011 - EMBO – long term fellowship – declined
  • 2011 - SNSF – “Prospective Researchers” abroad grant
  • 2010 - shortlisted for a Harvard Society of Fellows Junior Fellowship
  • 2006 - NCCR - “Frontiers in Genetics” PhD fellowship, Geneva, Switzerland


  • Transcription factors controlling differentiation of stem cells (V. Busskamp, GM. Church and AHM. Ng, 2016, filed)
  • Tools and methods using miRNA 182, 96 and/or 183 for treating pathologies (WO2015044890 A3)
  • Novel therapeutical tools and methods for treating blindness (EP2679246 A3, US20130059374 A1, US20120258530 A1, WO2009127705 A1)
  • Compositions comprising halorhodopsin (CA2721635 A1)
  • Functionalized organotypic systems (WO2011039161 A1)


Group Leader

Volker Busskamp
Phone: +49 (0)351 458 82015
Telefax: +49 (0)351 458 82059