Eric uses in vivo retinal imaging techniques to study neuroinflammation and photoreceptor function. His research shows that photoreceptor function can return to a region that has been focally damaged. Understanding how this process occurs could help to develop treatments for blinding retinal diseases.
Eric’s research utilizes novel in vivo imaging systems developed by the Burns & Pugh lab to study the intersection of microglia and photoreceptor function during inflammation. This has become a major focus of the lab since 2014 (see related publications).
Prior to joining the Burns & Pugh lab, Eric did Undergraduate Research with Paul Kammermeier at the University of Rochester. He has received numerous awards and honors during his PhD studies, including the Molecular and Cellular T32 and Vision Science T32 training grants and the Knights Templar Travel Award for the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO).