Bernd Wissinger graduated in biology and is currently full professor for Molecular Genetics of Sensory Systems at the University Tübingen and Head of the Molecular Genetics Laboratory at the Institute for Ophthalmic Research. His main research interests focus on the genetic basis of inherited retinal dystrophies, color vision deficiencies and optic neuropathies, the functional analyses of mutant gene products (among others CNGA3, PDE6C), the generation of homologous animal models (mouse and zebrafish) and quantitative genetics of gene expression (eQTLs). Dr. Wissinger has co-authored more than 170 peer-reviewed papers including publications in Science, Cell, Nature Genetics, PNAS, etc. He serves as ad hoc reviewer for >45 scientific journals and numerous funding agencies. He has been scientific coordinator of several research consortia including a State’s priority research project on Color Vision deficiencies, a DFG-funded Clinical Research Group (2005 – 2011) and a National Rare Disease Network (2009-2015), both on Inherited Retinal Dystrophies, and currently coordinates a project on gene augmentation therapy for CNGA3-linked achromatopsia. Dr. Wissinger served as deputy chief for the ‘Genetics’ section within the German Ophthalmological Society (DOG) from 2011-2016 and is an active members of the scientific advisory board for the Achromatopsia e.V. and the BCM Family Foundation patient organizations.