I am interested in using adaptive optics imaging tools to understand more about retinal structure. I am currently involved in several research projects involving diseases like Retinitis Pigmentosa, Usher Syndrome and Glaucoma. As an ocular imaging fellow, I act as a link between the clinic and the research team making sure that our projects are targeted to improve future standard of care in terms of diagnosis and/or treatment for patients with retinal disease.
I grew up in Alexandria, Egypt. During my secondary school, I developed an interest in Biology and my teacher took my notes as a reference for the other students. I challenged myself into getting high grades to become the first to make it to medical school in the family. During medical school, I was drawn to Ophthalmology since I was fond of the way eyes work and did a number of electives, both clinical and research, in Italy, Saudi Arabia and Mexico. In my most recent research elective at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, I was introduced to adaptive optics technology, which was simply fascinating to me. It was this experience that motivated me to apply for the position of Ocular Imaging Fellow in the AOIP.