Monika Grudzinska Pechhacker

Affiliated to research

About me

Ophthalmologist, Expertise in Ocular genetics and Clinical Visual Electrophysiology, PhD in Experimental medicine

Research description

Dr. Grudzinska Pechhacker is an ophthalmologist and ophthalmic geneticist. Her career focuses on genetic eye disorders with emphasis on inherited retinal degenerations (IRDs). She is passionately dedicated to improve diagnostics and management strategies for patients with genetic eye disorders. She was further trained in clinical visual electrophysiology (Moorfields Eye Hospital, UK) and underwent fellowship in Ocular Genetics and Electrophysiology at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) and University of Toronto, Canada. Dr. Grudzinska Pechhacker's research interests are IRDs both syndromic - and non-syndromic. 

Teaching portfolio

  • 2021-2022 supervisor to master student in ophthometry, Karolinska Institutet 
  • 2020 -  PhD mentor, Karolinska Institutet;
  • 2019-2020 teaching in genetic eye disease, pediatric ophthalmology and electrophysiology for residents, fellows, clinical geneticists and genetic counselors, visiting observers at the Department of Ophthalmology of Visual Sciences, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada;
  • 2017-2019 mentor for resident in ophthalmology, St. Erik Eye Hospital;
  • 2016-2019 clinical supervisor for MD students and residents in ophthalmology, St. Erik Eye Hospital;
  • 2012-2015 PhD mentor, Scripps Research Institute, University of California, La Jolla, San Francisco, US;
  • 2012-2014 co-supervision of PhD student, Karolinska Institutet;
  • 2012 teaching for MD students in ophthalmology (full-time), St. Erik Eye Hospital/Karolinska Institutet;
  • 2011 clinical supervisor for MD student (ophthalmology), Erasmus Exchange program;
  • 2008 series of research seminars in stem cell biology, Center for Molecular Medicine, KI;
  • 2009 clinical supervisor for MD students, KI (Children surgery and emergency);
  • 2008/2009 - research supervisor for two students in Biomedicine Program, KI and MD student, KI


  • 2019-2020 fellowship/postdoc in Ocular Genetics and Electrophysiology, University of Toronto, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada;
  • 2018 training in Electrophysiology, Moorfields Eye Hospital, London, UK;
  • 2015 fellow of the European Board of Ophthalmology, FEBO (specialist in ophthalmology);
  • 2013 fellowship, Dept. of Ophthalmology, Harkness Eye Institute, Columbia University Medical Center, New York, US;
  • 2012 fellowship, Dept. of Ophthalmology, AKH, Vienna, Austria;
  • 2006 - 2011 Doctorate education (PhD), Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm,  Sweden
  • 2008-2009 - fellowship Children Surgery and Emergency, Astrid Lindgren Children Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden;
  • 2004 - M.D. Medical University of Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland

Academic honours, awards and prizes

2018-2019 Research Grant from Bernadottes’ Research Foundation for Eye Children Care; 2018 Research Grant from SLS (Swedish Society of Medicine); 2013 Edwin Jordan Stiftelse Research Grant; 2012-2013 Research Grant, Kronprinsessan Margaretas Foundation for Visually Handicapped, Sweden; 2012 Alcon Research and Education Grant for residents in ophthalmology; 2012 Grant from Carmen and Bertil Regners Foundation for research in ophthalmology; 2012 Lars Hiertas Minne Stipendium; 2012, 2014, 2016 Karin Sandqvist Research Grants; 2008, 2012, 2013 Research Grant, Karolinska Institutet; 2007-2010 PhD Research grants founded by Heart and Lung Foundation, Sweden