Botond Roska

Institute of Molecular and Clinical Ophthalmology Basel

Botond Roska was born in 1969 in Hungary. He obtained his M.D. at the Semmelweis Medical School, a Ph.D. in neurobiology from the University of California, Berkeley and studied genetics and virology as a Harvard Society Fellow at Harvard University and the Harvard Medical School. He established a research group at the Friedrich Miescher Institute in Basel in 2005. In 2010 he became Professor at the Medical Faculty of the University of Basel and he is now founding director of the Institute of Molecular and Clinical Ophthalmology Basel (IOB).

To find ways to repair visual dysfunction, Botond Roska and his co-workers investigate the retina, thalamus and cortex at the level of cell types and circuits. The knowledge they are acquiring has already improved our understanding of disease mechanisms and opened up paths to potential treatments.

Botond Roska’s work illustrates how insights into the organization of the cell types and circuits of the nervous system, when combined with cellular engineering, could be used to design new therapies to fight blindness.