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Bascom Palmer Eye Institute

Rong Wen, M.D., Ph.D.

General Information

Rong  Wen, M.D., Ph.D.


  • English

Academic Title

  • Professor of Ophthalmology

Research Interests

Photoreceptor cell biology, the mechanism of photoreceptor degeneration, Retinal and choroidal vascular disorders.

Research Summary

As a retinal cell biology lab, we focus on the changes in photoreceptor behaviors under different circumstances. Specifically, we are interested in the mechanism that regulates light-induced photoreceptor plasticity and the role of Müller cells in this regulatory mechanism. We are also trying to understand the mechanisms for photoreceptor degeneration, including hereditary retinal degeneration and age-related macular degeneration (AMD), and to search for potential treatments. In addition, we are developing experimental models to mimic human ocular vascular disorders including choroidal neovascularization (CNV) and diabetic retinopathy. The goal is to understand the biology of the retina and photoreceptors, the physiopathology of retinal diseases, and to translate the bench research to patient care.

Read more about Rong Wen's research projects


Jiangxi Medical School

Nanchang, China

Ph.D., Neuroscience
University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana

Champaign-Urbana, IL, USA

Jiangxi Medical School

Nanchang, China

Vision Research Fellowship
University of California School of Medicine, San Francisco

San Francisco, CA, USA