Research Summary

Center/Research Area Affiliations

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.

For a full publication list, please see his CV.


Biosketch

Education

1981: A.B., magna cum laude, High Distinction, Biochemistry, Dartmouth College

1986: Ph.D., Biochemistry, University of Wisconsin-Madison

1990: M.D., Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Health Sciences and Technology Division

Postgraduate Training

1991: Internship, Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital

1994: Residency, Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School

1995: Research Fellowship, Ophthalmology, Boston Children’s Hospital

1996: Clinical Fellowship, Ophthalmology, Boston Children’s Hospital

Academic Appointments

2017-present: William F. Chatlos Professor of Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School

2017: Solman and Libe Friedman Professor of Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School

2013-2017: Solman and Libe Friedman Associate Professor of Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School

2012-2013: Associate Professor of Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School

2011-2012: Lecturer on Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School

2007-2011: Associate Professor of Ophthalmology with Tenure, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

1999-2007: Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

1998-1999: Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School

1996-1998: Instructor in Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School