M. Valeria Canto-Soler, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of ophthalmology and director of the Retinal Degenerations Center at Wilmer. Her research focuses on the study of the mechanisms that regulate the behavior of retinal cells in both normal and diseased conditions. Currently, her interests are focused on two main, highly complementary areas: the study of the mechanisms that control retinal progenitor cell differentiation during normal development and the use of human "induced pluripotent stem cells" (iPS) to study the mechanisms leading to retinal dystrophies and their potential clinical application in therapies involving cell transplantation.
Dr. Canto-Soler completed her Ph.D. in biomedical sciences at Austral University in Argentina and a postdoctoral fellowship at the Wilmer Eye Institute. She joined the Wilmer faculty as a research associate in 2006 and was promoted to assistant professor in 2008.