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Trainees at the Wilmer Eye Institute

Trainees at the Wilmer Eye Institute

  • Gianni Castiglione, Ph.D. - Duh Lab

    About: "My work investigates the effects of genetic variation on protein biochemistry and retinal degeneration. Inspired by extremophile animals, I use an evolutionary medicine approach to design engineered visual pigments and test their therapeutic potential within mouse models of Stargardt disease."
    Outside of the Lab:“I enjoy walking/wrestling my giant Malamute, reading history and philosophy, and getting away from science”
    Gianni Castiglione
  • Alexander Chin, Ph.D. - Elisseeff Lab

    About:"My work in the lab asks how molecular mechanisms of intracellular stress modulate and can be modulated by aging and regenerative processes.
    Outside of the lab"You might find me playing jazz piano somewhere in the city."
    Alexander Chin
  • Laura Drew-Bear

    About: "My current research focuses on infections of the cornea, surgery of the cornea, refractive surgery and cataract surgery including improvement of intraocular lens power calculation with the use of artificial intelligence."
    Outside of the Lab: "I enjoy traveling, trying new foods, playing golf and tennis, and spending time with family and friends."
    Laura Drew-Bear
  • Wathsala Nillushi G. H. M. Liyanage, Ph.D. - Kannan Lab

    About: Dr. Liyanage's current research is focused on development of dendrimer bioconjugates including siRNA, antibody, peptide, proteins and, CRISPR/Cas 9 conjugates for a) development of targeted gene delivery platform b) construction of efficacious drug delivery system for ocular and neurodegenerative diseases.
    Wathsala Nillushi G. H. M. Liyanage
  • Fahd Naufal, M.D., MPH, M.Sc. Global Health - Dana Center for Preventive Ophthalmology

    About:Use of imaging technology in trachoma prevalence surveys, vision rehabilitation services, program manager - Wilmer Biostatistics Center, retinitis pigmentosa.
    Outside of the Lab:"I enjoy travelling, hiking, cooking, trying new foods, and sports."
    Fahd Naufal,
  • Cornelia Peterson, D.V.M., Ph.D. – Eberhart Lab

    About: “I am interested in corneal biology and comparative ocular pathology especially the characterization of both experimental and naturally-occurring animal models of human eye diseases. Currently, I am working on exploring the molecular drivers of periocular and ocular surface and adnexal neoplasms.”
    Outside of the Lab: “I enjoy swimming, powerlifting, and spending time with my two pugs.”
    Cornelia Peterson
  • Sydney Shannon, Ph.D. Student - Green Lab & Schneck lab

    About:"I work to develop artificial antigen presenting cells for in vivo T cell activation. The goal is to develop an injectable cancer therapeutic."
    Outside of the Lab:"I enjoy swimming, skiing, and hiking."
    Sydney Shannon
  • Rachel Shapiro, Ph.D. Candidate - Ensign Lab

    About:"My work focuses on developing novel local drug delivery strategies and formulations for pre-term birth prevention, treating women's health diseases, and IBD and crohn's symptom alleviation." Outside of the Lab:"I enjoy scuba diving, reading, drinking coffee, petting dogs, and travelling."
    Rachel Shapiro
  • Jay Thierer, Ph.D., HPS Core Manager - Mumm Lab

    About:"I am a full-time researcher in the Mumm Lab in charge of managing the HPS core as well as pursuing independent research projects. My primary interests include developing new paradigms for high-throughput forward genetic screening and studying interactions between senescent and immune cells during retinal degeneration and regeneration in zebrafish."
    Jay Thierer
  • Yuli Wang - Yi Lab

    About:"My current research focuses on the development of novel microscopy techniques that use light (optics) and deep learning methods to capture information about the structure and function of living tissues."
    Yuli Wang
  • Lingli Zhou, M.D. - Duh Lab

    About: “I am interested in the role of microglia and perictyes in ischemic retinopathy.”
    Outside of the lab: “I enjoy traveling and hiking.”
    Lingli Zhou
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