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Shyam S. Chaurasia, MSc, PhD

Shyam Chaurasia, MSc, PhD

Shyam S. Chaurasia, MSc, PhD

Associate Professor

Locations

  • EI 827

Education

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Life Sciences
Master of Science (MSc), Biochemistry
Bachelor of Science (BSc), Biochemistry

Biography

Dr. Shyam S. Chaurasia was born in Gwalior, also described as the “The Medieval Majestic Indian City with Music in its Soul.” He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Science with Biochemistry as his major from the esteemed Nagpur University. He obtained a PhD degree from a globally ranked School of Life Sciences, Devi Ahilya University, Indore, India. He was awarded the prestigious Department of Biotechnology sponsored Postdoctoral Fellowship, and completed his Postdoctoral training in ophthalmology/neurosciences from Emory University, Atlanta, GA.

Dr. Chaurasia took his first faculty appointment in 2006 as a scientist at the Cole Eye Institute, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH. In 2009, he decided to move to Singapore and joined the Singapore Eye Research Institute, Singapore, and Institute of Molecular and Cellular Biology, A*STAR agency as an extramurally funded principal scientist/investigator. Later, he decided to return to the United States and took his first academic appointment as Assistant Professor on a tenure-track and successfully launched NIH/NEI-funded “Ocular Immunology & Angiogenesis Lab,” studying basic and translational research in vision sciences at the University of Missouri, Columbia, MO. In 2021, he joined as an associate professor in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences/Eye Institute at MCW.

Honors and Awards

2020, Electron Microscopy Excellence Award, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO
2019, Electron Microscopy Excellence Award, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO
2018, Appeared on the local NBC News Channel in the Prime Time News, KOMU News Channel (NBC channel affiliate), Columbia, MO
2017, Electron Microscopy Excellence Award, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO
2011, Outstanding Young Research Award, Singapore Eye Research Institute, Singapore
2007, Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) Travel Award, ARVO, Rockville, MD
2006, Pineal Cell Biology Travel Award, Gordon Research Conferences, Buellton, CA
2005, X European Pineal and Biological Rhythm Society Congress Travel Award, European Pineal and Biological Rhythm Society Congress Travel Award, Frankfurt, Germany
2004, Pineal Cell Biology Travel Award, Gordon Research Conferences, Oxford, UK
2003, Mentor, BRAIN Summer Research Program, Center for Behavioral Neuroscience, Emory University, Atlanta, GA

Research Interests

Dr. Chaurasia’s Ocular Immunology and Angiogenesis Lab is funded by NIH/NEI and focuses on the Molecular Basis of Eye Diseases for the development of a highly innovative basic and translational multidisciplinary research program in the identification and validation of novel biomarkers and targets, and evaluate potential VEGF-independent Next-Generation Precision therapeutics/Medicine to treat Ocular Fibrotic and Angiogenic Diseases (OFADs). Dr. Chaurasia has substantial experience in basic and translational vision sciences, as evident from published more than 100 peer-reviewed research papers and 150+ scientific abstracts and presentations at the national and international level. 

 

 

Research Experience

  1. Diabetic Retinopathy & Diabetic Macular Edema
  2. Age-related Macular Degeneration
  3. Retinopathy of Prematurity
  4. Fibrotic Eye Diseases
  5. Nanomedicine & Wound healing therapeutics in the Eye
  6. Next-Gen Tools in Precision Medicine for Retinal Degenerative Diseases
  7. Countermeasures Against Chemical Threats (CounterACT)

Publications