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Libby Lab

Richard T. Libby, PhD

  • Professor - Department of Ophthalmology (SMD) - Primary Appointment
  • Professor - Center for Visual Science (RC)
  • Professor - Biomedical Genetics (SMD)
  • Doctorate in Biology | Boston College (1997)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow (Attended 2001 - 2005)
  • Postdoctoral Scientist (Attended 1998 - 2001)

Research Overview

Glaucoma is a complex group of diseases where many different genetic and environmental factors conspire to cause vision loss. While there are many different causes of glaucoma, the ultimate cause of vision loss in all glaucomas is the death of retinal ganglion cells (RGCs), the output neurons of the retina. Therefore, glaucoma is a neurodegeneration. Our lab focuses on the neurobiology of glaucoma. Primarily, we use mouse models of glaucoma and advanced mouse genetics to probe the pathophysiology of glaucoma.

Specifically, we are interested in understanding the molecular processes that lead to RGC death in glaucoma and why are RGCs more likely to die in some patients than in others.

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