Research Team: Staff and Students

Kenneth P. Mitton, PhD FARVO

Associate Professor of Biomedical Sciences
Eye Research Institute – Oakland University

Control of Gene Expression Laboratory (CGEL)
Pediatric Retinal Research Laboratory (PRRL)

Director ERI Molecular & Cell Biology Support Module
Director PRRL Operational Support

OUR STUDENTS AND STAFF

Wendy Dailey, BSc. PRRL Lab Tech/Manager

Edward Guzman, BSc (ERI Molecular & Cell Biology Support Facility)

Jennifer Felisky, RMA (Lab Management and Research Assistant, student.)

Visiting Science Educator/ Research Assistant: Mrinalini Despande (International Academy)

Mei Cheng. PRRL Lab Research Assistant

Graduate Students: Naomi Haque (Masters student, Biological Sciences)

SUPER Program Scholars:  Kaylee Moyer (2018), Megan Moore (2017)

Recent 4995 Independent Research Report Completions:  Jennifer Felisky, Megan Moore

Current 4995 Independent Research Students:  Klea Shashivari

Current Honors College Thesis Research Students:  Megan Moore, Kaylee Moyer

Embark Medical Student Capstone Researchers:  Peter Chen (M5, VEGFA, AKT pathway), Nahrain Putris (M2, VEGFA, p38MAPK pathway), Brandon Metcalf (M2, VEGFA, MAPK AKT cell processes)

Embark OUWB Capstone Completions

Austen Knapp, MD. VEGFA isoforms MAPK pathway, primary human retinal endothelial cells. Currently: transition year-1 Ophthalmology Residency, Cleveland Clinic.

ERI Vision Research Visiting Fellow: Dr Fang Yang, MD. Department of Ophthalmology, Hubei University of Medicine Affiliated Renmin Hospital of Shiyan Shiyan, Hubei Province

Collaborators in the Eye Research Institute, Oakland University

Dr Kimberly Drenser MD PhD
ERI Clinical Associate Professor at Oakland University
Pediatric Retinal Research Laboratory
Associated Retinal Consultants
Department Ophthalmology, Beaumont Hospital

Dr Michael Trese MD
ERI Clinical Full Professor at Oakland University
Pediatric Retinal Research Laboratory
Associated Retinal Consultants
Department Ophthalmology, Beaumont Hospital

Recent Lab and Lab Alumni News:

Peter Chen (Jan 2019) competed successfully in the National Ophthalmology Residency Match and will take up residency at the University of Cincinnati in 2020.

Austen Knapp competed successfully in the National Ophthalmology Residency Match and will take up residency at the Cleveland Clinic in 2019.

Austen Knapp, MD, is the first OUWB student to start and to complete an ERI Vision Science capstone research project (2018)

Austen Knapp (Jan 2018) competed successfully in the National Ophthalmology Residency Match and will take up residency at the Cleveland Clinic in 2019.

Camryn DeLooff (SUPER program 2013) is completing MBA program at the internationally renowned business school, the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto.

Quentin Tompkins (SUPER program 2015) has been accepted into several medical schools for fall 2018. Congratulations Quentin.

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