Dr Ulrike Hampel was a Visiting Fellow at the School in 2013 and again in 2014. During this time Uli worked with Professor Willcox and others in the School on projects examining the ability of Meibomium gland cells to produce lipids. Recently, the fruits of this research were published in the prestigious journal PLoSOne entitled "Serum-Induced Keratinization Processes in an Immortalized Human Meibomian Gland Epithelial Cell Line". This work was not only a collaboration with the School and Uli from the Department of Anatomy II, Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen Nürnberg, Erlangen, Germany, but also our collaborators from the University of Wollongong.
The paper demonstrated that treatment of the Meibomium gland cells in cell culture with serum promoted the production of lipids within the cells.