Center/Research Area Affiliations
Dr. Jurkunas performs corneal and refractive surgery at Mass. Eye and Ear. Her two main research areas include the pathogenesis of Fuchs’ endothelial corneal dystrophy (FECD)—with emphasis on the role of oxidative stress in endothelial cell death—and the development of cultivated epithelial (stem) cell transplantation for the treatment of limbal stem cell deficiency.
In addition, she teaches residents and fellows about corneal surgical procedures and the diagnosis and clinical management of corneal and refractive conditions. Her main clinical areas of expertise are corneal endothelial dysfunction, femtosecond cataract surgery, refractive surgery, and lamellar keratoplasty, including DMEK and complex DSAEK.
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M.D., Cum Laude, University of Louisville (2000)
Residency, Boston University (2004)
Fellowship, Mass. Eye and Ear (2004-2006)
Fellowship, Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine (2006)
2017: ARVO Foundation/Pfizer Ophthalmics Carl Camras Translational Research Award
2016: American Academy of Ophthalmology Achievement Award
2013: Young Investigator Award, Alcon Research Institute
2011: Research to Prevent Blindness, Physician Scientist Award
2010: Ophthalmology Scholar, Harvard Ophthalmology
2008: Norman Knight Leadership Development Award, Mass. Eye and Ear
2008: ISER Travel Fellowship, Beijing, China
2008: Ophthalmology Awardee of the Friends of Mass. Eye and Ear Award
2008: ARVO/Alcon Early Career Clinician-Scientist Research Award
2007: Best Scientific Abstract Award, the 25th Biennial Cornea Research Conference, Mass. Eye and Ear
2004: Best Scientific Poster Award, New England Ophthalmological Society, “Novel Role of Keratocytes in Corneal Edema”