Ophthalmic Research Laboratory


The Ophthalmic Research Laboratory is currently investigating the role of oxygen free radicals in the pathogenesis of ocular diseases, specifically the retina. Damage to the neural retina by oxyradicals is a well-known contributing factor in the pathogenesis of vision-impairing and blinding diseases such as diabetic retinopathy (DR) and age-related macular degeneration (AMD). The primary objective is to understand the mechanism of such damage and examine whether certain antioxidants can have an ameliorating effect, the latter having implications on the potential therapeutic use of such compounds for prevention and treatment of DR and AMD.

The Ophthalmic Research Laboratory is well-equipped with biochemistry and molecular biotechnology instruments and equipment, viz. multimode plate reader, fluorescence microscope, UV-Vis spectrophotometer, thermocycler (qPCR) for gene expression studies, nano drop spectrophotometer, gel imaging system, etc.

Internship Opportunities at the Ophthalmic Research Laboratory

The Ophthalmic Research Laboratory offers internship opportunities to high school sophomores, juniors, seniors, high school graduates, and students enrolled at 2 or 4-year colleges and universities. The internship runs from June 15-August 15 for the summer session and September 1-May 15 for the academic year-long session.

Application and Selection: Interested students should apply by May 15 for summer internship, and by August 15 for internship through the academic year.

Decisions will be sent within two weeks of the date you submit your internship application and to the email address you enter in your application.

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