Vice-Spokesperson – Speaker Graduate School and Clinician Scientists

Prof. Dr. med. Verena Prokosch

CRC1607 | Prof. Dr. med. Verena Prokosch

Department of Ophthalmology
University Hospital Cologne
Laboratory of Experimental Immunology of the Eye
Kerpener Straße 62, 50931 Cologne, Germany
+49 22147830897


Project leader

Scientific career

2020 Primo loco (declined), W2 Professorship Glaucoma, University of Erlangen

Since 2020 Primo loco (accepted), W2 Professorship Glaucoma, University of Cologne

2019 Secundo loco, W2 Professorship Glaucoma, University of Würzburg

2020 Außerplanmäßige Professorship, University of Mainz

2018-2020 Associate Professor, University of Mainz

2013-2018 Associate Professor, University of Münster

2012 Facharzt for Ophthalmology, University of Münster

2007-2012 Residency in Ophthalmology and Scientist, University of Münster

Prizes and honors

2010 Glaucoma Research Award-DOG

2014 AECOS Research Award

2010 Young Investigator Award of the University of Münster

2013 Research Award of the Rheinisch Westfälische Augenärzte

2014-2018 Nomination International Glaucoma Panel

2019 Best Poster Price DOG

2016 Best Lecture Price RMA

Selected publications

  1. Prokosch V, Panagis L, Volk GF, Dermon C, Thanos S. Alpha2-adrenergic receptors and their core involvement in the process of axonal growth in retinal explants. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2010 Dec;51(12):6688-99.
  2. Prokosch V, Fink J, Heiduschka P, Melkonyan H, Thanos S. VEGF, Ang-2 and SRIF associated abnormal postnatal development of the retinal capillary network in the Royal College of Surgeons rat. Exp Eye Res. 2011 Feb;92(2):128-37.
  3. Prokosch V, Böhm MR, Brückner M, Pfrommer S, Melkonyan H, Thanos S. βB2-Crystallin Promotes Axonal Regeneration in the Injured Optic Nerve in Adult Rats. Cell Transplant. 2015;24(9):1829-44.
  4. Anders F, Teister J, Liu A, Funke S, Grus FH, Thanos S, von Pein HD, Pfeiffer N, Prokosch V. Intravitreal injection of β-crystallin B2 improves retinal ganglion cell survival in an experimental animal model of glaucoma. PLoS One. 2017 Apr 6;12(4):e0175451.
  5. Gericke A, Mann C, Zadeh JK, Musayeva A, Wolff I, Wang M, Pfeiffer N, Daiber A, Li H, Xia N, Prokosch V. Elevated Intraocular Pressure Causes Abnormal Reactivity of Mouse Retinal Arterioles. Oxid Med Cell Longev. 2019 Dec 29;2019:9736047.;
  6. Liu H, Bell K, Herrmann A, Arnhold S, Mercieca K, Anders F, Nagel-Wolfrum K, Thanos S, Prokosch V. Crystallins Play a Crucial Role in Glaucoma and Promote Neuronal Cell Survival in an In Vitro Model Through Modulating Müller Cell Secretion. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2022 Jul 8;63(8):3
  7. Wang M, Milic M, Gericke A, Mercieca K, Liu H, Ruan Y, Jiang S, van Beers T, von Pein HD, Müller MB, Prokosch V. Chronic social defeat stress causes retinal vascular dysfunction. Exp Eye Res. 2021 Dec;213:108853.
  8. Brockhaus K, Melkonyan H, Prokosch-Willing V, Liu H, Thanos S. Alterations in Tight- and Adherens-Junction Proteins Related to Glaucoma Mimicked in the Organotypically Cultivated Mouse Retina Under Elevated Pressure. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2020 Mar 9;61(3):46. doi: 10.1167/iovs.61.3.46.
  9. Prokosch-Willing V, Meyer zu Hoerste M, Mertsch S, Stupp T, Thanos S. Postnatal visual deprivation in rats regulates several retinal genes and proteins, including differentiation-associated fibroblast growth factor-2. Dev Neurosci. 2015;37(1):14-28.
  10. Liu H, Anders F, Thanos S, Mann C, Liu A, Grus FH, Pfeiffer N, Prokosch-Willing V. Hydrogen Sulfide Protects Retinal Ganglion Cells Against Glaucomatous Injury In Vitro and In Vivo. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2017 Oct 1;58(12):5129-5141.