Ocular Pathobiology

Our mission is to advance our understanding in the cellular and molecular mechanisms of common and rare ocular diseases. Research in ocular pathobiology crosses a wide range of fields, including but not limited to inflammation, neurodegeneration, angiogenesis/vascular dysfunction, immunology, metabolism, ophthalmic imaging, machine learning, neuroprotection, gene therapy, stem cell biology, and regeneration. We aim to engage an active community of basic scientists and clinicians, to promote novel clinical, mechanistic, and translational research, to create a platform for exchange of ideas, development and strengthening of collaborations, dissemination of scientific knowledge, and to foster the growth of the next generation of ocular researchers through inspiring mentoring and education.

As a result of the aging of the world population and the increase in obesity and metabolic disorders, the prevalence of ocular diseases and associated visual impairment is rising rapidly. In the US alone, age-related macular degeneration affects close to 3 million people, > 2 million are diagnosed with glaucoma and > 6 million patients. These numbers are estimated to double or triple by 2050. In addition, there more than 250 inherited retinal disorders that constitute the most common cause of blindness for ages 20-45.

The objectives of the ASIP Ocular Pathobiology SIG are:

  1. To engage an active community of biologists, clinician scientists and trainees who share an interest in ocular disorders and diseases
  2.  To provide a platform for discussion, for the exchange of ideas on current topics, cutting-edge technologies, and innovation, for networking and career development
  3. To support scientific communication and outreach by organizing and sponsoring relevant scientific sessions at the ASIP annual meeting and webinars
  4. To promote the engagement and the professional growth of students and trainees within the ocular research field through dedicated social events and mentoring opportunities


ASIP Members are invited to participate in the Ocular Pathobiology SIG Listserv. Please email to have your name and email address added to the listserv.

To send a message to the Ocular Pathobiology SIG Listserv, send your email to Please note that you must be a member of this listserv in order to send and receive messages.

Please direct all questions to: Lisa McFadden (240) 283-9712.


Magali Saint-Geniez, PhD

Magali Saint-Geniez, PhD


Patricia A. D'Amore, PhD

Patricia A. D’Amore, PhD
Schepens Eye Research Institute, Harvard Medical School


Daisy Shu, PhD

Daisy Shu, PhD
University of New South Wales (UNSW) Sydney

Meet Our Members

Alejandro Adam
Albany Medical College

Babajide Ajayi
Ajayi Crowther University

Erik Butcher
Schepens Eye Research Institute of Massachusettes Eye and Ear

Chhavi Chauhan
American Society for Investigative Pathology

DongFeng Chen
Schepens Eye Research Institute/Massachusetts Eye and Ear, Harvard Medical School

Yu Holly Chen
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Charleen Chu
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Patricia D'Amore
Schepens Eye Research Institute of Mass. Eye & Ear, Harvard Medical School

Darlene Dartt
Harvard Medical School

Astra Dinculescu
University of Florida

Malia Edwards
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Krystal English
UT McGovern Medical School

Vivienne Fang
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Reina Fuji

Ana Arcia Franchini
University of Alabama

Gopalan Gnanaguru
Tufts University/Tufts School of Medicine

Urvi Gupta
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Jeffrey Hofmann

Zhengping Hu
Schepens Eye Research Institute of Massachusetts Eye and Ear

Taysha Jimenez-Rivera
University of Puerto Rico, School of Medicine

Anton Lennikov
Schepens Eye Research Institute

Emma Lessieur
University of California-Irvine

Goldis Malek
Duke University

Robert Mullins
University of Iowa Institute for Vision Research

Abiodun Oluwatoba
Children's Hospital New Orleans

Priyamvada Pitale
Baylor College of Medicine

Magali Saint-Geniez

Daisy Shu
University of New South Wales (UNSW) Sydney

Aarathi Sureshkumar
Iowa State University

Vincent Thai
Stanford University

Susannah Waxman
University of Pittsburgh

Keith Wharton

Cecelia Yates
University of Pittsburgh

Jingjing You
University of Sydney