The Llura and Gordon Gund Endowed Chair in Ophthalmology Research
Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
The goal of Dr. Anand-Apte's program is an improved understanding of ocular pathologies that lead to blindness. She and her lab members strive to maintain a welcoming and supportive environment that advocates for all team members regardless of their background.
Dr. Anand-Apte is the Chair of Ophthalmic Research at the Cole Eye Institute at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. She is also Professor of Ophthalmology and Molecular Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University. She joined the Cleveland Clinic in 1996.
Dr. Anand-Apte received the equivalent of an MD degree from King Edward Memorial Hospital and Bombay University in India. Having developed an interest in research, she completed a PhD in Immunology and Microbiology from the Boston University School of Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts. A brief postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology at Harvard University was followed by a Research Associate position at Children’s Hospital in Boston in the Department of Surgical Research.
She has received the Karen Grunebaum Award for research in Cancer, the Tom and Sandy Trudell Research Award for the study of retinal degenerative diseases, awarded through the Foundation Fighting Blindness and the Lew Wasserman Award from Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB). Dr. Anand-Apte has a strong commitment to improving diversity in the biomedical science research field and has played a pivotal role in establishing programs at the Cleveland Clinic to reach this goal.
Education & Training
The Anand-Apte lab explores the cellular and molecular mechanisms that contribute to vision loss in ocular disease. Their studies relate primarily to determining:
They answer these questions by focusing on the extracellular matrix and its role in maintaining a physiological normal functioning retina. Alterations in this matrix in disease states leads to pathology and hence could be a potential therapeutic target.
The program's goal is an improved understanding of ocular pathologies that lead to blindness.
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Selected Publications (from 75+ peer-reviewed papers)
We are looking for motivated individuals who share our enthusiasm for science and discovery. Individuals of all backgrounds are welcome to apply, but especially those who will thrive in a cohesive and collaborative collegial environment that fosters scientific curiosity, rigor and growth.
Prospective postdocs should email Dr. Anand-Apte (email@example.com) their CV, a brief description (<one page) of their research interests and career goals, and contact information for three references.
Interested graduate students should email Dr. Anand-Apte (firstname.lastname@example.org) to discuss potential projects.
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