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Dr. Gipson began her career in vision research at the University of Oregon Health Sciences Center, where she became an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology. In 1979, she was recruited to the Schepens Eye Research Institute of Mass. Eye and Ear (then Eye Research Institute of the Retina Foundation). She rose through the ranks from Assistant to Senior Scientist at the Institute, and in 1997, became Professor of Ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School and also the Ocular Surface Scholar at the Institute.
Previously, Dr. Gipson’s research focused on epithelial wound healing and anchorage, using the accessible corneal epithelium as a model system. More recently, she has focused on the function of mucins on the ocular surface epithelia and their alteration in disease and infection. She has determined regulators of goblet cell differentiation at the ocular surface, and the role of their secreted mucins, in ocular surface health. Most recently, she determined the important barrier function of membrane anchored mucins present in the ocular surface glycocalyx, documenting their role in preventing infections.
Dr. Gipson has received numerous awards, including the MERIT Award from the National Eye Institute and the Research to Prevent Blindness Senior Scientific Investigator Award. In May 2007, Dr. Gipson received The Friedenwald Award—one of two achievement awards given annually at the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology meeting—in honor of her outstanding research.
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Ph.D., University of Arkansas (1973)
2012: Distinguished Alumni Award, Drury University
2009: Gold Fellow, Association for Research in Vision and Ophthlamology Gold Fellow
2008: Endre A. Balazs Prize, International Society for Eye Research
2007: Friedenwald Award, Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
2001: Reserach to Prevent Blindness Senior Scientific Investigator Award, Schepens Eye Research Institute of Mass. Eye and Ear
1999: Distinguished Alumnus Award, Drury College
1997: Ocular Surface Scholar, Schepens Eye Research Institute of Mass. Eye and Ear
1990-2000: MERIT Award, National Eye Institute
198701991: Institute Endowed Scholar, Schepens Eye Research Institute of Mass. Eye and Ear
1984: Alcon Research Award
1978-1983: Research Career Development Award, National Eye Institute