Pascal Vroemen

PhD Student

“Under Pressure”: An in vitro glaucoma model for retinal ganglion cells

Pascal started his Bachelor Molecular Life Sciences at Maastricht University in 2008. During this bachelor, he discovered that he really liked doing scientific research, but missed working with patients. He combined these ambitions in the Master Physician – Clinical Investigator, which combines Medicine and Clinical research. He is interested in ophthalmology, mechanobiology, genetics, molecular sciences, and engineering. In October 2016, he started working as a PhD student at MERLN in collaboration with the Ophthalmology department of the MUMC+ to study glaucoma and retinal ganglion cell death caused by glaucoma.

Glaucoma is a major eye disease characterized by pathology of the optic nerve and loss of retinal ganglion cells. The main risk factor is increased intra ocular pressure. This suggests that mechanical forces contribute to the death of the retinal ganglion cells in glaucoma. In his PhD project, he will study the mechanobiology of these cells with the aim of finding new treatment options for glaucoma.

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