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Bascom Palmer Eye Institute

Center for Molecular Ophthalmology & Neuroscience

This is a consortium of independent research laboratories taking molecular and cellular approaches and sharing core resources. The mission is to shed light on the molecular basis of eye disease, then to pair this new knowledge with state-of-the art biotechnology for development of novel therapeutics and diagnostics.


McKnight building, 4th, 6th and 7th floors


M. Livia Bajenaru, Ph.D.
Molecular Pathways of Optic Nerve Disease

Sanjoy K. Bhattacharya, Ph.D.
Neurodegenerative Disease & Vision
Training program affiliation: NEU, MBB

Abigail S. Hackam, Ph.D.
Cellular Mechanisms of Retinal Development, Degeneration, & Tumorigenesis
Training program affiliation: NEU

Richard K. Lee, M.D., Ph.D.
Cellular Pathophysiology of Glaucoma
Training program affiliation: MCDB, NEU

Wen-Hsiang Lee, M.D., Ph.D.
Retina Degeneration & Repair

Wei Li, Ph.D.
Novel Approaches to Autoimmune Disease
Training program affiliation: MBI, NEU

Maria E. Marin-Castano, M.D., Ph.D.
Pathogenesis of Age-Related Macular Degeneration
Training program affiliation: MBI, NEU

Victor L. Perez, M.D.
Immune Mechanisms in the Eye
Training program affiliation: MCDB

Valery I. Shestopalov, Ph.D.
Cell & Systems Biology of the Eye