Research Collaborate Lab Bench

Medical Scientist Training Program

Erica Woertz

Erica N. Woertz, PhD

M3 Student

Faculty Advisor

  • Joseph Carroll, PhD, Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences, Biophysics, and Cell Biology, Neurobiology & Anatomy; located at the Eye Institute

Locations

  • Medical Scientist Training Program

Contact Information

Education

PhD, Medical College of Wisconsin, 2020
BS, Biology, Azusa Pacific University, 2012

Research Interests

Structure-function relationships in the human visual system, non-invasive retinal and cortical imaging, vision in albinism

Research Experience

Medical College of Wisconsin, 2016-2020
Advisor: Joseph Carroll, PhD
Project: Understanding Visual System Structure and Function through Retinal and Cortical Pathology

Azusa Pacific University, 2008-2011
Advisor: Sarah Richart, PhD
Project: Development of an in vitro assay for testing herbal substances that interfere with the influenza A virus polymerase

Huntsman Cancer Institute University of Utah, 2010
Advisor: Jody Rosenblatt, PhD
Project: The involvement of caspase in activation of sphingosine kinase during apoptotic cell extrusion

Publications

Woertz EN, Wilk MA, Duwell EJ, Mathis JR, Carroll J, DeYoe EA. The relationship between retinal cone density and cortical magnification in human albinism. J Vis. 2020;20(6):10. doi:10.1167/jov.20.6.10. https://doi.org/10.1167/jov.20.6.10

Woertz EN, Omoba BS, Dunn TM, et al. Assessing Ganglion Cell Layer Topography in Human Albinism Using Optical Coherence Tomography. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2020;61(3):36. doi:10.1167/iovs.61.3.36. https://doi.org/10.1167/iovs.61.3.36

Duwell EJ, Woertz EN, Mathis J, Carroll J, DeYoe, EA (2019). Aberrant population receptive fields in human albinism. bioRxiv, 572289. https://doi.org/10.1101/572289

**Lee DJ, **Woertz EN, Visotcky A, Wilk MA, Heitkotter H, Linderman RE, Tarima S, Summers CG, Brooks BP, Brilliant MH, Antony BJ, Lujan BJ, Carroll J. (2018). The Henle fiber layer in albinism: Comparison to normal and relationship to outer nuclear layer thickness and foveal cone density. Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science, 59(13), 5336-5348. https://doi.org/10.1167/iovs.18-24145
**Authors contributed equally to this work.

Hansen G, Laird T, Woertz EN, Ojala D, Glanzer D, Ring K, Richart S. (2016). Aspergillus sclerotiorum is lethal to both western drywood (Incisitermes minor) and western subterranean (Reticulitermes hesperus) termites. Fine Focus, 2(1), 23-38

Meeting Abstracts

*Abstract was accepted for presentation at a meeting that was canceled or postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic

Duwell EJ, Woertz EN, Mathis J, Carroll J, DeYoe EA. (2019). Aberrant interactions of opposite hemifield inputs to visual cortex in albinism. Society for Neuroscience; Chicago, IL

Wynne NC, Heitkotter H, Woertz EN, Cava J, Buckland E, Cooper RF, Carroll J. (2020). Comparison of cone mosaic metrics between the Spectralis high magnification module and adaptive optics scanning light ophthalmoscopy. ARVO Imaging in the Eye Conference; Baltimore, MD*

Litts KM, Woertz EN, Linderman RE, Lam BL, Fishman GA, Pennesi ME, Kay CN, Hauswirth WW, Carroll J. (2020). Optical coherence tomography artifacts predict adaptive optics scanning light ophthalmoscopy success in achromatopsia. ARVO Annual Meeting; Baltimore, MD*

Heitkotter H, Linderman RE, Woertz EN, Mastey R, Summerfelt P, Chui TY, Rosen RB, Patterson EJ, Vincent A, Carroll J, Minassian BA. (2020). Retinal manifestations of Lafora Disease. ARVO Annual Meeting; Baltimore, MD*

Allison RL, Woertz EN, Heitkotter H, Cava JA, Carroll J. (2020). Assessing the relationship between macular pigment optical density, Henle fiber layer topography, and foveal cone density. ARVO Annual Meeting; Baltimore, MD*

Woertz EN, Ayala G, Wynne N, Dunn TM, Costakos D, Summers CG, Strul S, Drack AV, Carroll J. (2020). Towards an objective structural grading scheme of foveal hypoplasia in human albinism. ARVO Annual Meeting; Baltimore, MD*

Woertz EN. (2020). Towards an Objective Grading Scheme of Foveal Hypoplasia in Human Albinism. 5th European Days of Albinism; Bordeaux, France*

DeYoe EA, Duwell E, Woertz EN, Carroll J. (2019). A natural experiment in aberrant retino-cortical organization. Vision Sciences Society Annual Meeting; St. Pete Beach, FL

Huckenpahler, AL, Patterson EJ, Salmon AE, Litts KM, Mastey R, Woertz EN, Cava J, Carroll J. (2019). Examining the relationship between cone density and ellipsoid zone reflectivity. ARVO Annual Meeting; Vancouver, BC

Woertz EN, Cava J, Carroll J. (2019). Evaluating relationships between cone density, ganglion cell metrics, and foveal structure. Translational Science 2019; Washington, DC

Woertz EN, Cava J, Carroll J. (2018). Evaluating relationships between cone density, ganglion cell metrics, and foveal structure. Optical Society of America Fall Vision Meeting; Reno, NV

Woertz EN, Omoba B, Chiu SJ, Farsiu S, Carroll J. (2018). Assessing ganglion cell layer topography in human albinism using optical coherence tomography. Translational Science 2018; Washington, DC

Woertz EN, Omoba B, Chiu SJ, Farsiu S, Carroll J. (2018). Assessing ganglion cell layer topography in human albinism using optical coherence tomography. ARVO Annual Meeting; Honolulu, HI

Woertz EN, Omoba B, Chiu SJ, Farsiu S, Carroll J. (2018). Assessing ganglion cell layer topography in human albinism using optical coherence tomography. Midwest Eye Research Symposium; Iowa City, IA

Woertz EN (2018). Eyes as windows to the brain: Understanding vision in albinism. National Organization for Albinism and Hypopigmentation Conference; Kansas City, MO

Woertz EN, Wilk MA, Carroll J, DeYoe EA. (2017). Examining the relationship between cone density and Vernier acuity in human albinism. Milwaukee Regional Research Forum; Milwaukee, WI

Omoba B, Linderman R, Woertz EN, Carroll J. (2017). Examining the relationship between foveal pit morphology and outer nuclear thickness across multiple races. Medical Student Research Day Poster Session, Medical College of Wisconsin; Milwaukee, WI

Woertz EN, Wilk MA, Carroll J, DeYoe EA. (2017). Examining the relationship between cone density and Vernier acuity in human albinism. Midwest Eye Research Symposium; Iowa City, IA

Omoba B, Linderman R, Woertz EN, Carroll J. (2017). Examining the relationship between foveal pit morphology and cone outer segment length. Midwest Eye Research Symposium; Iowa City, IA

Woertz EN, Wilk MA, Carroll J, DeYoe EA. (2017). Examining the relationship between cone density and Vernier acuity in human albinism. Resident Research Day, University of Wisconsin Madison; Madison, WI

Woertz EN, Wilk MA, Carroll J, DeYoe EA. (2017). Examining visual neural circuitry in human albinism. Medical College of Wisconsin Graduate Student Association Student Symposium; Milwaukee, WI

DeYoe EA, Woertz EN, Wilk MA, Mathis J, Carroll J. (2017). Cortical correlates of aberrant Vernier acuity in albinism. Vision Sciences Society Annual Meeting; St. Pete Beach, FL

Woertz EN, Wilk MA, Carroll J, DeYoe EA. (2017). Examining the relationship between cone density and Vernier acuity in human albinism. ARVO Annual Meeting; Baltimore, MD

Ojala DC, Graham-Howard R, Scarth C, Woertz EN, Richart SM. (2012). Isolation and characterization of an Aspergillus species found to be pathogenic to Incisitermes minor drywood termites. American Society for Microbiology General Meeting; San Francisco, CA

Woertz EN, Richart S. (2011). Development of an in vitro assay for testing herbal substances that interfere with the influenza A virus polymerase. Western Regional Honors Conference; Park City, UT

Woertz EN, Maland R, Paulson K, Richart S. (2011). Development of an in vitro assay for testing herbal substances that interfere with the influenza A virus polymerase. William E. and Earnest L. Boyer Common Day of Learning, Azusa Pacific University; Azusa, CA

Woertz EN, Gu Y. (2010). The involvement of caspase in activation of sphingosine kinase during apoptotic cell extrusion. Fall Research Night, Azusa Pacific University; Azusa, CA

Woertz EN, Maland R, Paulson K, Richart S. (2010). Development of an in vitro assay for testing herbal substances that interfere with the influenza A virus polymerase. Poster presentation at the West Coast Biological Sciences Undergraduate Research Conference; Santa Clara, CA

Paulson K, Woertz EN, Maland R, Richart S. (2010). A strategy for developing an in vitro assay for testing drugs that interfere with avian influenza virus polymerase. William E. and Earnest L. Boyer Common Day of Learning, Azusa Pacific University; Azusa, CA

Paulson K, Woertz EN, Maland R, Richart S. (2009). Development of an in vitro assay for testing anti-influenza herbal substances. National Collegiate Honors Council Conference; Washington, DC

General Interests

Running, baking, music, skiing, traveling