Michele M. Salzman
Credentials: Comparative Biomedical Sciences, Department of Surgical Sciences (School of Veterinary Medicine)
Position title: PhD student
Advisor: Freya M. Mowat, BVSc, PhD
Keywords: Retinal pathophysiology, aging, heavy metal exposure, photoreceptor mitochondrial health
BS 1989, Biology/Chemistry, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Whitewater, WI
MS 2017, Experimental Pharmacology, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
Ms. Salzman has had the opportunity to participate in (1) assessing the effect of methanol intoxication, specifically the toxic metabolite formate, on retinal cells and function, (2) showing that near-infrared LED photobiomodulation can be a therapeutic for retinal diseases and injuries, and (3) defining the role of the retinal pigment epithelium in aging and macular degeneration. Her current research focuses on the effect of heavy metal exposure during aging on retinal function, specifically photoreceptor mitochondrial health.