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Maximilian Pfau, Ph.D.

Research Fellow

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Maximilian Pfau earned his Medical Degree from Heidelberg University, Germany. During this time, he conducted basic science research on SNARE-mediated membrane fusion in Dr. Söllner’s lab. Following graduation and a short-term research fellowship at the Doheny Eye Institute, UCLA, he entered the ophthalmology residency program at the University of Bonn, Germany. His research there - under the supervision of Dr. Fleckenstein, Dr. Holz and Dr. Schmitz-Valckenberg - primarily focused on structural and functional endpoints for age-related macular degeneration. Subsequently, Dr. Pfau pursed postdoctoral training in AI-based image analysis in Dr. Rubin’s lab (Stanford University), and since November 2020 in psychophysics and electrophysiology in Dr. Jeffrey’s lab at the National Eye Institute.

Selected publications

Pfau, M., Jolly, J. K., Wu, Z., Denniss, J., Lad, E. M., Guymer, R. H., … Schmitz-Valckenberg, S. (2020). Fundus-controlled perimetry (microperimetry): Application as outcome measure in clinical trials. Progress in Retinal and Eye Research, 100907.

Pfau, M., Möller, P. T., Künzel, S. H., von der Emde, L., Lindner, M., Thiele, S., … Fleckenstein, M. (2020). Type 1 Choroidal Neovascularization Is Associated with Reduced Localized Progression of Atrophy in Age-Related Macular Degeneration. Ophthalmology Retina, 4(3), 238–248.

Pfau, M., von der Emde, L., Dysli, C., Möller, P. T., Thiele, S., Lindner, M., … Schmitz-Valckenberg, S. (2020). Determinants of cone- and rod-function in geographic atrophy: AI-based structure-function correlation. American Journal of Ophthalmology, 217, 162–173.

Last updated: December 9, 2020