Congratulations to Dr. Shyamanga Borooah, for his Knights Templar award for his project entitled ‘Defining the role of LAMP2 in retinopathy associated with Danon disease’. Danon disease is life and sight-threatening systemic disease results from mutations in the gene LAMP2. This study will use a stem cell model of Danon disease to identify where LAMP2 is expressed in the eye. Then Dr. Borooah will use gene therapy to test a translational treatment approach to treat vision problems found in Danon disease. The work is in close collaboration with Dr. Eric Adler, Professor of Cardiology, who has spent most of his career working with patients with Danon disease.
Congratulations to Dr Asha Kumari, Post-doctoral scholar in the lab gained a prestigious ARVO travel prize at her first attempt for her presentation entitled ‘Single cell RNA sequencing of retinal immune cells identifies an activation of resident retinal microglia associated with sub-retinal pseudodrusen-like deposits.’