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Our Team

Principal Investigator

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Daniel M. Lipinski, MSc, DPhil

Associate Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Cell Biology, Neurobiology and Anatomy

Recombinant adeno-associated virus (rAAV)-mediated gene therapy, diabetic retinopathy, inherited retinal disease (e.g., Retinitis pigmentosa), age-related macular degeneration (AMD)

Post-Doc Fellows

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Ramesh Periasamy, PhD, MS

Post Doctoral Fellow

Ramesh's current research interests are in stem cell differentiation for vision restoration and research tools for diabetic retinopathy.

Graduate Students

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Kristina Ertel

Year Entered MCW: 2017

kertel@mcw.edu

Kristina's current research interests include creating a rAAV-mediated gene therapy treatment for individuals affected by primary open angle glaucoma (POAG).

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Rachel Fehrman

Year Entered MCW: 2019

rfehrman@mcw.edu

I am interested in the development of novel vector technologies that are capable of delivering large genes to cells of the retina.

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Erika Shaw

Year Entered MCW: 2018

eshaw@mcw.edu

Erika's current research interests include the role of RPE in age-related macular degeneration and developing gene therapy treatments to prevent and protect against geographic atrophy.

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Alexander J. Tate

ajtate@mcw.edu

Research interests are biomarkers and treatment of neurodegenerative diseases.

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Hanmeng Zhang

Year Entered MCW: 2016

hanmzhang@mcw.edu

My graduate work will focus on the development of gene therapy strategies to prevent cone photoreceptor loss secondary to advanced rod degeneration in retinitis pigmentosa (RP).

Medical Students

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Dwani Patel

M3 Student

Advised by Daniel Lipinski, MSc, DPhil, Cell Biology, Neurobiology & Anatomy

Research Staff

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Gavin Marcoe

Research Technologist

gmarcoe@mcw.edu

(414) 955-2011

I will be working on developing novel vectors that are capable of delivering large genes to photoreceptors in an attempt to overcome this limitation.