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GSBS Research Topics: VISION


Gary, S. Goldberg, Ph.D. - Stratford - Cells must communicate with each other to coordinate the development and survival of an animal. This communication can be mediated by diffusible factors that pass between cells, or by direct contact through cell junctions. I am interested in how intercellular communication affects cell growth and differentiation, with an emphasis on how cell communication can control tumor cell growth and prevent eye diseases. Email: gary.goldberg@umdnj.edu

Ellen Townes-Anderson, Ph.D. * - Newark - Using primary cultures, we are trying to understand mechanisms of regeneration, degeneration, and synaptic plasticity in photoreceptors and other types of retinal neurons. Techniques used include microscopy, optical tweezers, time lapse recording, immunocytochemistry, and molecular biology.

Venkat Venkataraman, Ph.D * - Stratford - We are investigating the processes of neuronal transduction in biological clocks and aging with respect to the role of Ca2+ signaling via alpha2 adrenergic receptors and membrane guanylate cyclases. Email: venkatar@umdnj.edu

B.J. Wagner, Ph.D. * - Newark - Role of the ubiquitin-proteasome pathway in development, aging and response to stress: We use the mammalian ocular lens and lens cell culture models to study differentiation, cataractogenesis and oxidative stress.

Mengqing Xiang, Ph.D. * - Piscataway - Our research interests center on understanding the molecular mechanisms that govern the determination and differentiation of the highly specialized sensory neurons. We employ molecular genetic approaches in animal models to identify and study transcription factors that are required for programming development of the retina, inner ear, and somatosensory ganglia.

Marco Zarbin, M.D., Ph.D. * - Newark - The laboratory research focuses on the development of treatments for retinal diseases such as age-related macular degeneration through ocular cell transplantation and the stimulation of retinal pigment epithelial wound healing.

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