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Dr. Vasanth’s research focuses on understanding the molecular pathogenesis of multiple human genetic disorders with in vitro and in vivo models. Currently, he aims to identify the underlying mechanism of Fuchs' endothelial corneal dystrophy (FECD). This condition results in a progressive loss of corneal endothelial cells with age, and it is exacerbated by oxidative stress. Dr. Vasanth’s projects aim to understand: 1) aberrant DNA damage response and repair mechanisms that play roles in the progressive loss of corneal endothelial cells; 2) mechanisms of pathogenesis that are related to abnormal mitochondrial dynamics due to oxidative stress; and 3) the link between the repeat expansions and oxidative stress-induced loss of corneal endothelial cells.
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B.Sc., Biochemistry, University of Madras, India (1998)
M.Sc., Biotechnology, Pondicherry University, India (2000)
Ph.D. Cell and Molecular Biology, Kent State University (2007)
Postdoctoral Fellowship, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, National Institutes of Health (2011)
Postdoctoral Fellowship, Center for Human Disease Modeling, Duke University (2014)
Postdoctoral Fellowship, Department of Ophthalmology, Johns Hopkins University (2015)
2016-2017: Co-principal Investigator, Eversight Vision Research Grant
2015: National Eye Institute Travel Grant, 2015 ARVO Annual Meeting
2005: Joint Third Prize in the category of Pfizer Predoctoral Awards for Excellence in Renal Research at Experimental Biology meeting, San Diego, CA