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Kang Zhang, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Opthalmology, Shiley Eye Center
Pathways/processes: Structural and functional variants in human genome; stem cell programming for eye therapy using small molecules
The retina is a sheet of light-sensing cells that convert complex external visual stimuli to electrical and chemical signals. The signals generated by the retina are then transmitted to the brain to form visual images. Collectively, retinal degeneration is the most common cause of irreversible visual loss in the developed world.
The overall goal of our research program is to discover novel genes and gain insights into molecular mechanisms of retinal degeneration including macular degeneration, retinitis pigmentosa and a host of other diseases.