Support for our endeavors
comes primarily from the
National Institutes of Health


Dr. Rajendra Apte, M.D., Ph.D.

Paul A. Cibis Distinguished Professor, Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences

Professor, Developmental Biology

Director of Education, Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences

Abdoulaye Sene, Ph.D.

Position: Instructor in Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
Email: SeneA@vision.wustl.edu

2009 Ph.D., Neuroscience, University Pierre et Marie Curie–Paris 6
2003 B.S., Biochemistry, University Denis Diderot–Paris 7

Project: Functional implication of macrophage in retinal cell death


Norimitsu Ban, M.D.

Position: Postdoctoral Research Associate
Email: BanN@vision.wustl.edu

2005 M.D., Keio University, Tokyo, Japan

Project: Molecular mechanism of age-related macular degeneration

Jonathan Lin

Position: MSTP Student
Email: linj@wusm.wustl.edu

2012 B.S., Neuroscience & Behavioral Biology/Music, Emory University, Atlanta, GA

Project: The role of sirtuins in the retinal function and disease 

Andrea Santeford

Position: Senior Research Technician
Email: SantefordA@vision.wustl.edu

2005 M.S., Biology, Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO
2002 B.S., Biological Sciences, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO

Project: The role of micro RNA in regulating macrophage senescence.

Former Lab Personnel

   Howard Chen

Medical Student
Email: ChenHo@wusm.wustl.edu

2014 B.S., Biomedical Engineering, Washington University, St. Louis, MO
  Stephen Erickson

Position: Medical Student
Email: EricksonS@wusm.wustl.edu

2012 B.S., Biochemistry, University of Northwestern-St. Paul, St. Paul, MN
  Sonya Liu

Medical Student
Email: LiuSo@wusm.wustl.edu

2014 B.A., Biology, Washington University, St. Louis, MO
  Rei Nakamura, Ph.D.

Postdoc Research Associate


2009 Ph.D., University of Miami, Miami, FL
2003 B.A., Macalester College, St. Paul, MN

Characterization of macrophage-mediated Interleukin-10 (IL-10) signalling in choroidal neovascularization
  Shunsuke Kubota, M.D., Ph.D.

Postdcotoral Fellow

2011 Ph.D., Kelo University School of Medicine, Tokyo, Japan
2000 M.D., Kitasato University School of Medicine, Sagamihara, Japan

The role of sirtuins in the retina

Luke A. Wiley, Ph.D.

Position: Staff Scientist

2007 Ph.D., Physiology, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL
2002 B.S., Bioengineering, University of Illinois Urbana, Champaign, IL

Project: The role of macrophage-mediated autophagy in ischemia-induced neovascularization.

Doug Cox

Position: Research Technician II

2006 B.S., St. Louis University, St. Louis, MO

Project: Role of the immune system in aging and the eye.

Eric Nudleman, Ph.D., M.D.

Position: Second Year Resident

2009 Resident, Washington University School of Medicine
2008 Intern, Department of Internal Medicine, Lenox Hill Hospital
2004 M.D., Albert Einstein College of Medicine
2000 Ph.D., Department of Developmental Biology, Stanford University
1996 B.A., Human Biology, Stanford University

Project: Aberrant proliferation of blood vessels, called neovascularization, is the final common pathway of multiple blinding diseases. Neovascularization can lead to bleeding, scarring, and detachment of the retina. Understanding the signals involved is retinal neovascularization is crucial for the development of improved therapies. Recent work has shown a critical role for the Wnt signaling pathway in the normal development of the vasculature of the central nervous system. Animals with mutations in particular Wnt proteins display gross vascular malformations in the brain and spinal cord with severe hemorrhage. Using mouse models of choroidal revascularization and retinopathy of prematurity, we are studying the role of the Wnt pathway in pathologic neovascularization in the eye.

Second Year Resident

Position: Postdoc Research Associate

2009 M.D. Internship, University of Maryland
2007 M.D., Dartmouth College
2004 Ph.D., Dartmouth College
1999 B.A., Haverford College

Project: We are interested in exploring the role of synthetic triterpenoid (TTP) compounds in treating retinal disease. It is well known that oxidative and inflammatory stress drive the progression of retinal disease states, including: wet and dry age-related macular degeneration, hereditary retinal degenerative disease, uveitis, and diabetic retinopathy among others.

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