Deeba Husain, M.D.

Harvard Medical School

Associate Professor of Ophthalmology, Department of Ophthalmology
Co-director, AMD Center of Excellence

Massachusetts Eye and Ear

Site Director, Mass. Eye and Ear Retina Consultants, Stoneham
Director, Medical Retina Fellowship
Associate Scientist

Research Summary

Center/Research Area Affiliations

Research Summary

Dr. Husain is a clinician scientist who is involved in evaluating the pathogenesis of, and newer treatments for, macular degeneration. She has worked with a preclinical primate model of experimental choroidal neovascularization and has studied the safety and efficacy of photodynamic therapy and antiVEGF agents in this model. In addition, she has worked on the role of PLC gamma 1 in the pathogenesis of experimental choroidal neovascularization. At Mass. Eye and Ear, she is collaborating with investigators in the Angiogenesis Laboratory who are elucidating the role of complements in macular degeneration and retinal detachment. She also is involved in clinical trials of new therapies for retinal diseases.

Selected Publications

Angiography with a multifunctional line scanning ophthalmoscope. Hammer DX, Ferguson RD, Patel AH, Vasquez V, Husain DJ Biomed Opt. 2012 Feb; 17(2): 026008. 

c-Cbl inhibits angiogenesis and tumor growth by suppressing activation of PLCγ1. Meyer RD, Husain D, Rahimi N. Oncogene. 2011 May 12; 30(19):2198-206.

High-definition spectral domain OCT of a subretinal nematode. Ahmed A, Houston MJ, Husain DEye (Lond). 2010 Feb; 24(2):393-4.

Role of c-Cbl-dependent regulation of phospholipase Cgamma1 activation in experimental choroidal neovascularizationHusain D, Meyer R, Mehta M, Pfeifer WM, Chou E, Navruzbekov G, Ahmed E, Rahimi N. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2010 Dec;51(12):6803-9.

Investigating the effect of photodynamic therapy in a glaucoma mouse model. Matsubara A. Nakazawa T, Husain D, Iliaki E, Connolly EJ, Michaud NA, Gragoudas ES, Miller JW. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2006;47:2498-2507.

Effect of intravitreal injection of rhuFab VEGF in combination with verteporfin PDT on normal primate retina and choroidKim IK, Husain D, Michaud N, Connolly E, Durrani K, Gragoudas ES, O’Neill CA, Miller JW. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2006;47(1):357-363.

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M.D. Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Aligarh University, Aligarh, India

MS. Master of Surgery in Ophthalmology. Institute of Ophthalmology Aligarh University, Aligarh, India

Postgraduate Training

Rotating Internship, Jawaharlal Nehru Medical School, Aligarh University, Aligarh, India

7/91-6/92 Research Fellow Department of Ophthalmology, University of Maryland, Baltimore, USA.

4/94-12/95 Research Fellow with Prof. E. S. Gragoudas and Dr. Joan W. Miller. Retina Service, Laser Lab, MEEI Harvard University School of Medicine, Boston, USA

1/96 -6/96 Fellow with Prof. J. D. M. Gass Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, USA

9/96-6/97 Clinical Research Fellow Retina Service, Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary, Harvard University School of Medicine, Boston, USA

6/97-6/98 Internship in Preliminary Medicine. Newton Wellesley Hospital, Tufts University, Boston, USA.

7/98-6/01 Residency in Ophthalmology Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary, Harvard University School of Medicine, Boston, USA

7/01–6/03 Vitreoretinal Fellowship. Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary, Harvard University School of Medicine, Boston, USA

Academic Appointments

2003 - 11
Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology, Boston University School of Medicine,

2011 - 2014
Associate Professor of Ophthalmology, Boston University School of Medicine

2014 - present
Associate Professor of Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School

Professional Memberships

1990 Life Member, All India Ophthalmic Society

1990 Life Member, Uttar Pradesh State Ophthalmic Society, India

1991 Federation of Ophthalmic Research and Education, India

1997 American Academy of Ophthalmology

2000 Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology

2006 New England Ophthalmological Society

2007 Retina Society

2011 Mass Medical Society


Gold Medal for First Position in Anatomy, Physiology, Biochemistry, Pathology, Social and Preventive Medicine, Ophthalmology, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Internal Medicine

President of India Award for top rank in MBBS

Pfizer award for outstanding medical student

Research to Prevent Blindness award.

Outstanding Teacher award (Dept of Ophthalmology, BUSM)

Academic Excellence award (Dept of Ophthalmology, BUSM)

Behrooz Koleini best clinical teacher award (Department of Ophthalmology, BUSM)