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Introducing the 2019 Science Communication Training Fellowship cohort

Congratulations to the young scientists selected for ARVO’s 2019 Science Communication Training Fellowship! These ARVO Members-in-Training (MIT) have committed to becoming effective science communicators of vision research to a variety of audiences. Comprised of 10 U.S. Fellows and 10 international Fellows, the cohort will spend the next year refining and learning new communication skills and techniques, advocating for vision research commitments from Congress and developing an advocacy outreach event of their own.
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Chloe Thomas

Chloe Thomas
University of Birmingham
Retinal Cell Biology

“I've been studying retinal ganglion cell death and optic nerve degeneration in traumatic eye injuries for my PhD and have recently started a new job researching methods of delivering immunotherapies for the treatment of age-related macular degeneration.”

Paul Parker

Paul Parker
Rush University Medical Center
Retina

“I conduct research primarily within retina, looking at developing an objective way of mapping and grading symptomatic vitreous floaters as well as looking at pre-operative optical coherence tomography findings as they correlate to post-operative visual outcomes.”

Konstantina Sampani

Konstantina Sampani
Beetham Eye Institute, Joslin Diabetes Center
Retina

“My research focuses on the early detection and management of diabetic retinopathy by using advanced retinal imaging techniques like optical coherence tomography angiography (OCTA), adaptive optics scanning laser ophthalmoscopy (AOSLO), retinal oximetry etc.”

Tony Jin

Tony Jin
University of Toronto
Clinical/Epidemiologic Research

“I'm interested in vision epidemiology and big data and how this impacts the provision of vision care at the population and patient-level.”
Rebecca Ward

Rebecca Ward
University College Dublin
Retina

“My PhD work focuses on the cone specific visual cycle, with particular interest in the role of RPE65 and CRALBP in this pathway.”
Hon Shing Ong

Hon Shing Ong
Singapore National Eye Centre/Singapore Eye Research Institute
Cornea

“I am currently pursuing a PhD in ocular surface inflammatory and scarring diseases with the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology, United Kingdom.”
 Helen Jiao


Helen Jiao
University of Melbourne
Immunology & Microbiology

“My current postdoctoral research is in the neuroimmunology of the ocular surface with a special focus on dendritic cells and macrophages in the cornea.”

Andrea Waksmunski

Andrea Waksmunski
Case Western Reserve University
Clinical/Epidemiologic Research

“My research is focused on interrogating the genetic architecture of age-related macular generation in the general population and the Amish populations in Ohio and Indiana.”
Alex Muntz

Alex Muntz
University of Auckland
Cornea

“I focus on lifestyle factors, such as screen time and diet, as key drivers for the onset and progression of dry eye, particularly in younger patients.”



 
Nathan Schuck

Nathan Schuck
University of British Columbia
Retina

“I am part of a research team that focuses on utilizing novel imaging techniques on the retina in partnership with a group of optical engineers from a neighboring university.”
Melissa Emily Wright

Melissa Emily Wright
Cardiff University
Visual Neuroscience

“I'm investigating neural changes in the retina and brain in glaucoma. I'm especially interested in multidisciplinary work and the relationship between the eye and brain."
 Salma Ferdous

Emory University
Biochemistry/Molecular
Biology

“My project focuses on investigating the role of an epigenetic protein, lysine specific demethylase 1 (LSD1), and its role in both normal retinal development and in retinoblastoma.”
Nilsu Atiglan

Nilsu Atiglan
University of Minnesota
Visual Psychophysics/Physiological Optics

“My research is on optimizing text parameters to improve reading performance in low vision.”

Ruanne Vent-Schmidt

Ruanne Vent-Schmidt
Vancouver General Hospital, UBC
Retinal Cell Biology

“My thesis is on drug therapy in four transgenic animal models of retinitis pigmentosa.”

Kara Vogel

Kara Vogel
University of Wisconsin
Visual Neuroscience

“I study glaucomatous neuropathy in a feline congenital model of glaucoma.”

Jarrod Harman

Jarrod Harman
LSU Health Sciences Center,
New Orleans
Retina

Amanda McLaughlin

Amanda McLaughlin
University of California, Berkeley
Visual Neuroscience

Guilherme Neri Pires

Guilherme Neri Pires
Lisbon Central Hospital
Visual Neuroscience
Edmund Tsui

Edmund Tsui
Proctor Foundation/UCSF
Immunology/Microbiology

“My research is focused on utilizing a quantitative imaging approach to diagnose and monitor uveitis. These include modalities such as OCT, OCT-A, fluorescein angiography and autofluorescence, etc.”

 

 
Joshua Webb

Joshua Webb
University of Maryland, College Park
Cornea

“My research focuses on the biomechanics of the cornea; specifically measuring and monitoring the mechanical properties for better diagnostics of keratoconus, screening prior to refractive surgery, evaluating collagen crosslinking, etc.”