Doctoral Candidate

Priyamvada M. Pitale, MBBS, MS

American Academy of Optometry Foundation Ezell Fellow

I am a medical graduate and have completed my MS in cell and developmental biology. My interest in molecular biology led me to join Dr. Gorbatyuk’s lab where I am working with diabetic retinopathy (DR) models and studying unfolded protein response (UPR). My current project is to analyze downstream target Tribbles psuedokinase (TRIB3) . My Ph.D. thesis project focuses on the evaluation of role of TRIB3 protein in pathology and progression of DR.

Irina Saltykova, Ph.D

Postdoctoral fellow

Irina Saltykova, Ph.D

Molecular mechanisms of retinal degeneration. Role of TRB3 in retinal degenerative diseases