Research Faculty

Anna Demetriades, MD, PhD
  • Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology
Phone: (212) 746-2272
Fax: (212) 746-8101
Research Interest: Dr. Demetriades primary focus is to develop novel treatments for glaucoma. Glaucoma is the leading cause of irreversible blindness worldwide and investigations aimed at gaining a better understanding of the pathogenesis of glaucoma are currently underway. The purpose of these studies is to establish new targets aimed at delaying and preventing progression of glaucomatous visual loss. As a clinician-scientist, Dr. Demetriades' ultimate goal is to help patients manage their glaucoma and maintain vision throughout their lives. The laboratory performs translational research with a clinical application.
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Enrique Rodriguez-Boulan, MD
  • Charles and Margaret Dyson Professor
    of Ophthalmic Research
    Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology
    Professor of Neurosciences
    Director, Tri-Institutional Training Program in Vision Research
Phone: (212) 746-2272
Fax: (212) 746-8101
Research Interest: Dr Rodriguez-Boulan's laboratory is interested in epithelial cell biology, i.e., the study of the organization and function of epithelial cells. There are more than one hundred different epithelial cells in the human organism and their malfunction leads to a large number of human diseases, including cancer. His main focus is on the epithelia in the eye and in the kidney. His eye studies focus on the Retinal Pigment Epithelium (RPE), the principal support cell for the retina and for the light-sensitive cells, the photoreceptors (rods and cones). In particular, his laboratory has shown that the accumulation of the age pigment lipofuscin in RPE is an important contributor to age related macular degeneration (AMD), a disease that affects over 30% of the senior population of USA. His group is currently working to develop several strategies to slow down or stop the course of the disease.
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Harumitsu Hirata, Ph.D.
  • Assistant Research Professor of Neuroscience in Ophthalmology, Weill Cornell Medical College
Phone: (212) 746-4559
Fax: (212) 746-8101
Research Interest: My laboratory is interested in how the corneal nerves and their dysfunctions contribute to initiation and/or perpetuation of the dry eye disease (DED). DED affects millions of Americans and is the most common complaint of patients visiting eye care specialists. We recently discovered that the corneal nerves contain neurons directly or indirectly responsible for tear production. We hypothesized that diminished tearing seen in dry eye patients is the results of dysfunction of these special types of corneal neurons. Our current project involves how the hyperosmolar (hypertonic) tears known to be ubiquitously present in dry eye patients affect the functions of these corneal neurons.
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Ching-Hwa Sung, PhD
  • Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology in Ophthalmology
    Principal Investigator
Phone: (212) 746-2272
Fax: (212) 746-8101
Research Interest: Molecular and cellular pathogenesis underlying retinitis pigmentosa (RP), age-related macular degeneration (AMD), and proliferative vitreo retinopathy (PVR); Therapeutic interventions of these retinopathies.
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