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Eldon E. Geisert, PhD

Professor in the Department of Ophthalmology
Research (Basic Science) Section

Eldon E. Geisert, PhD, joined Emory Eye Center's research section in January 2014. Most recently, he served as professor in the Department of Ophthalmology, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, as the Hamilton Eye Institute professor of Anatomy and Neurobiology and director of Research in Ophthalmology. He received his doctoral degree at the University of Wisconsin, Madison in neuroscience and his undergraduate degree in biology from the University of California, Irvine.

Areas of Research Interest

His primary research interests include defining the molecular mechanisms governing the response of the retina to injury and involves a novel molecule that selectively kills the most virulent form of brain cancer, glioblastoma.

Additionally, Geisert received a $1 million grant from the U.S. Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity to enable the study of eye injuries from improvised explosive devices. In an effort to understand these types of injuries, he hopes to develop ways to monitor their severity and treat the effects of the injuries. Geisert is developing new research strategies that he hopes will translate into treatments that may be used on the battlefield and later in the hospital.

Geisert is also defining genetic networks associated with the risk of developing glaucoma.  Identifying the genetic differences that lead to glaucoma is the central research goal being addressed by a new $1.5 million grant awarded to him from the NEI.  Geisert affirms that understanding the genetic causes of glaucoma will aid in early detection of individuals at risk for developing the disease, and it may lead to more effective treatments for this blinding disease.

Recent work on glaucoma is being supported by generous gifts from private donors and the Owen Family Fund for Glaucoma Research.

Eldon E. Geisert, PhD

Undergraduate Education: BS, Biology, University of California, Irvine
Graduate School: PhD, Neuroscience, University of Wisconsin, Madison

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