Eric A. Pierce, M.D., Ph.D.

Harvard Medical School

William F. Chatlos Professor of Ophthalmology, Department of Ophthalmology
Director, Ocular Genomics Institute

Massachusetts Eye and Ear

Director, Berman-Gund Laboratory for the Study of Retinal Degenerations
Director, Inherited Retinal Disorders Service
Director, Inherited Retinal Degenerations and Pediatric Medical Retina Fellowship [with Anne Fulton]
Senior Scientist

Research Summary

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Research Summary

Dr. Pierce is an ophthalmologist and molecular geneticist whose research program is dedicated to understanding the molecular mechanisms of Inherited retinal degenerations (IRDs) and improving therapeutic interventions for these conditions. IRDs are a leading cause of blindness worldwide, and are characterized by progressive dysfunctionand death of retinal photoreceptor cells. Dr. Pierce's research program is focused on identifying new IRD disease genes, investigating the mechanism by which mutations in the identified genes lead to blindness, and using this information about disease pathogenesis to develop gene and genetic therapies to prevent vision loss.