2020 Charles D. Kelman, MD Postdoctoral Scholar

PROJECT TITLE: Quality control of photoreceptor outer segment proteome Dr. Shinde received his Masters degree in Biotechnology from University of Mumbai, India.  He then completed his PhD at the Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics, Hyderabad, India under the supervision of Maddika Subba Reddy, PhD, where his dissertation focused on characterization of the functional role […]

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2020 Alston Callahan, MD Postdoctoral Scholar

PROJECT TITLE: Cilia regulation of RPE repair in AMD Dr. Ning joined Dr. Yang Sun’s Lab as a visiting student scholar in the Department of Ophthalmology, Stanford University, where she pursues her research interests, including cilia-mediated signaling in retinal degeneration and other retinal diseases.  She has designed and conducted several projects regarding primary cilia signaling […]

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2020 Loris and David Rich, MD Postdoctoral Scholar

PROJECT TITLE: Electro-neural interface with single-cell resolution for the restoration of sight in Age Related Macular Degeneration Dr. Bhuckory received his BSc with honors in Applied Biomedical Sciences from the Scottish University of Abertay Dundee, UK, after moving from Mauritius.  He completed his PhD graduae work in Northern Ireland at Queen’s University, Belfast, UK, where […]

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Non-canonical roles of DNA damage signaling proteins in photoreceptor neuron morphogenesis and degeneration

Dr. Martins is an IRRF-Funded scientist at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, where he is an Assistant Professor. His funded project, Smc1 and the Cohesin Complex in Retinal Development and Disease: A New Mouse Model of Photoreceptor Degeneration, has resulted in a published paper in Developmental Biology, “N-myc regulates growth and fiber cell differentiation in lens development.”

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Retinal Vasculopathy with Cerebral Leukoencephalopathy and Systemic Manifestations (RVCL-S), a Vascular Eye Model

Project Title:  Retinal Vasculopathy with Cerebral Leukoencephalopathy and Systemic Manifestations (RVCL-S), a Vascular Eye Model. Gisela Terwindt, MD, PhD Leiden University Medical Center, The Netherlands $100,000 for one year Dr. Terwindt is an Associate Professor of Neurology at Leiden University Medical Center, whose special interest is headache and cerebral hereditary angiopathies (CHA).  She diagnoses more […]

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Understanding Usher Syndrome and Retinitis Pigmentosa Through Investigating the Periciliary Membrane Complex in Photoreceptors

Project Title:  Understanding Usher Syndrome and Retinitis Pigmentosa Through Investigating the Periciliary Membrane Complex in Photoreceptors Jun Yang, PhD Associate Professor of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences University of Utah, Moran Eye Center Dr. Yang received her B.S. in 1989 from Nankai University, her PhD in 2001 from University of Massachusetts and completed a postdoctoral fellowship […]

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Pathogenic neovascularization in diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration: the role of monocyte-derived pro-angiogenic cells

Project Title:  Pathogenic neovascularization in diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration: the role of monocyte-derived pro-angiogenic cells Willem Dik, PhD Erasmus Medical Center Department of Immunology Rotterdam, The Netherlands $103,500 for one year Dr. Dik’s research focuses on identification of cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying (chronic) inflammatory processes and related tissue and organ dysfunction, with […]

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Role of photoreceptors in local inflammation and pathological angiogenesis in diabetic retinopathy

Project Title:  Role of photoreceptors in local inflammation and pathological angiogenesis in diabetic retinopathy Irina De la Huerta, MD, PhD Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences Vanderbilt Eye Institute, Vanderbilt University Nashville, Tennessee USA $100,000 for one year Dr. De la Huerta obtained her undergraduate degree magna cum laude from Harvard University.  Following her medical […]

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PKM2 metabolic reprogramming to prevent photoreceptor death in a preclinical model of macular degeneration

Project Title:  PKM2 metabolic reprogramming to prevent photoreceptor death in a preclinical model of macular degeneration. Cagri G. Besirli, MD, PhD Assistant Professor, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan USA $100,000 for one year Dr. Besirli’s area of practice is gene therapy for inherited retinal diseases.  Other areas include disease and […]

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