MERI-at-a-Glance Highlights the Range of McPherson ERI Research Interests

MERI-at-a-Glance successfully took place on February 19th at the Wisconsin Institute of Discovery (WID), where eight short research talks were presented. Vision-related findings and interests were shared from cataracts and glaucoma, viral gene delivery to therapeutic stem cell interventions, and computational optics to toddlers and TV. These McPherson ERI members presented at MERI-at-a-Glance:

Ariel Alperstein, Trainee member (Chemistry; Zanni Lab)
Are cataracts an amyloid disease?

Curtis Brandt, PhD (Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences)
Innate and adaptive ocular immune responses to viral gene delivery vectors

Shaoqin “Sarah” Gong, PhD (Biomedical Engineering; Wisconsin Institute for Discovery)
Use of biomaterials in treating eye diseases

Heather Kirkorian, PhD (Human Development & Family Studies)
Watching TV through toddlers’ eyes

Donna Peters, PhD (Pathology and Laboratory Medicine)
Role of integrin dysregulation in glaucoma

Divya Sinha, PhD, Trainee member (Waisman Center; Gamm Lab)
Utilizing human pluripotent stem cells to develop disease models and devise therapeutic interventions for retinal degenerative diseases

Ahna Skop, PhD (Genetics; Life Sciences Communication)
The inside Skop: science as art

Andreas Velten, PhD (LOCI: Laboratory for Optical and Computational Instrumentation)
Improving multiscale scene understanding beyond conventional imaging using Computational Optics