NEI T32 Training Grant

The Vision Sciences Training Program supports four predoctoral students and one postdoctoral student with the aim of producing independent investigators capable of sustaining productive research programs in the vision sciences.  The program is designed for training students in the areas of molecular/cellular biology, genetics, biochemistry, and immunology with particular focus on training in vision research.  Preceptors are selected with an emphasis both on the productivity of their current research and on their training records.  The training program is organized to rigorously instruct and reinforce skills pertinent to experimental science and involves a combination of coursework, independent research, oral presentations (in-house, national and international), written research proposals, and the sharpening of communicative skills through continuous mentor feedback and peer review.

The program is interdisciplinary and utilizes a core group of ten preceptors with active research and training programs whose primary and joint appointments span five basic science departments at the University of Florida College of Medicine.  The Department of Ophthalmology serves as the administrative and logistical center for the NEI training program, but individual faculty preceptors maintain primary graduate training appointments in the Departments of Anatomy and Cell Biology, Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, Neuroscience, Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Pharmacology.  The Department of Ophthalmology adds depth to the program by providing exposure to current problems in clinical ophthalmology in order to acquaint the graduate and postdoctoral students with relevant clinical issues in vision.

Trainee

Name, Degree, & Mentor

Current Position & Employer

Training Grant Support and Future Honors/Awards

Russell MellenRussell Mellen, Earning PhD
Mentored by Dr. Shannon Boye
Current PhD Student
Genetics
University of Florida
T32 EY007132 Fellow, 2018-Present
Russell MacoonRussell Macoon, Earning PhD
Mentored by Dr. Anuj Chauhan
Current PhD Student
Chemical Engineering
University of Florida
T32 EY007132 Fellow, 2017-Present
Casey KeuthanCasey Keuthan, Earning PhD
Mentored by Dr. John Ash
Current PhD Student
Genetics
University of Florida
T32 EY007132 Fellow, 2016-Present
Kevin McCulloughKevin McCullough, PhD 2019
Mentored by Dr. Shannon Boye
UnknownT32 EY007132 Fellow, 2018-Present
Kaitlyn CalabroKaitlyn Calabro, Earning PhD
Mentored by Dr. Shannon Boye
Current PhD Student
Genetics
University of Florida
T32 EY007132 Fellow, 2018-Present
Miranda ScalabrinoMiranda Scalabrino, PhD 2016
Mentored by Dr. Shannon Boye
Postdoctoral Associate
Neurobiology
Duke University
T32 EY007132 Fellow, 2014-2015
Marcus HooperMarcus Hooper, PhD 2018
Mentored by Dr. John Ash
Postdoctoral Fellow
Biological Structure
University of Washington
T32 EY007132 Fellow, 2013-2015
Rachel StupayRachel Stupay, PhD 2017
Mentored by Dr. Astra Dinculescu and Dr. William Hauswirth
Postdoctoral Associate
Cleveland Clinic
T32 EY007132 Fellow, 2012-2017
Brian RossmillerBrian Rossmiller, 2015
Mentored by Dr. Alfred Lewin
Postdoctoral Associate
Gene Therapy
Tokyo Medical Center
T32 EY007132 Fellow, 2012-2015
James DominguezJames Dominguez, PhD 2015
Mentored by Dr. Maria Grant
Postdoctoral Associate
Indiana University School of Medicine
T32 EY007132 Fellow, 2011-2013
Renee RyalsRenee Ryals, PhD 2014
Mentored by Dr. William Hauswirth
Postdoctoral Associate
Ophthalmology
Oregon Health & Science Institute
T32 EY007132 Fellow, 2011-2014
Ryan Chastain-GrossRyan Chastain-Gross, PhD 2015
Mentored by Dr. Ann Progulske-Fox
Freelance Medical Editor
Cactus Communications & the Edanz Group, Ltd
T32 EY007132 Fellow, 2009-2012
Soo SeoSoo Seo, PhD 2011
Mentored by Dr. Alfred Lewin
Medical Scientist II
Obstetrics & Gynecology
University of Florida
T32 EY007132 Fellow, 2009-2011
Jennifer KielczewskiJennifer Kielczewski, PhD 2010
Mentored by Dr. Maria Grant
Staff Scientist
National Eye Institute
National Institutes of Health
T32 EY007132 Fellow, 2007-2009
Daniel GibsonDaniel Gibson, PhD 2011
Mentored by Dr. Maria Grant
Research Assistant Professor
Obstetrics & Gynecology
University of Florida
T32 EY007132 Fellow, 2006-2011
Shannon BoyeShannon Boye, PhD 2006
Mentored by Dr. Sue Semple-Rowland
Associate Professor
Ophthalmology
University of Florida
T32 EY007132 Fellow, 2005-2007
Nilanjana CaballerroNilanjana Caballerro, PhD 2005
Mentored by Dr. Maria Grant
Professor & Department Chair
Health Programs
Santa Fe College
T32 EY007132 Fellow, 2005-2006
Melissa Williams, MS 2006
Mentored by Dr. Sue Semple-Rowland
High School Teacher
Science
T32 EY007132 Fellow, 2004-2005
John AlexanderJohn Alexander, PhD 2007
Mentored by Dr. William Hauswirth
Postdoctoral Associate
Human Genetics
Emory University
T32 EY007132 Fellow, 2004-2008
Wilda OrismeWilda Orisme, PhD 2008
Mentored by Dr. W. Clay Smith
Associate Research Scientist
St. Jude Children's Hospital
T32 EY007132 Fellow, 2004-2008
Lee FergusonLee Ferguson, PhD 2009
Mentored by Dr. Alfred Lewin
Ophthalmologist
Private Practice
T32 EY007132 Fellow, 2004-2009
Dennis White, PhD 2005
Mentored by Dr. Alfred Lewin
Lawyer
Intellectual Property
T32 EY007132 Fellow, 2004

Current Recipients
(lab in which TG work is being conducted)

  • Marcus Hooper (Ash lab)
  • Brian Rosmiller (Lewin lab)
  • Rachel Stupay (Hauswirth lab)
  • Miranda White (Boye lab)

Past Recipients
(degree: year obtained, lab in which TG work was conducted)

  • A. Afzal (Ph.D.: 2003, Grant lab)
  • John Alexander (Ph.D.: 2007, Hauswirth lab)
  • Shannon E. Boye (Ph.D.:2006,  Semple-Rowland lab)
  • Ryan Chastain-Gross (Smith lab)
  • Wen-tao Deng (Ph.D.: 2002, Hauswirth lab)
  • Astra Dinculescu (Ph.D.: 2002, Hauswirth lab)
  • Jimmy Dominguez (Grant lab)
  • Lee Ferguson (M.D./Ph.D., Lewin lab)
  • Jason Fritz (Ph.D.: 2004, Hauswirth lab)
  • Daniel Gibson (Ph.D.: 2011, Schultz lab)
  • Chandrakala Jadhao (MD: 1999, Grant lab)
  • Jennifer Kielczewski (Ph.D. 2010, Grant lab)
  • Li Liu (Ph.D.: 2008, Hauswirth lab)
  • Issam McDoom (Ph.D.: 2008, Hauswirth lab)
  • Judith Ochrietor (Ph.D.: 2000, Linser lab)
  • James Peterson (Ph.D.:-1999, Smith lab)
  • Wilda Orisme (Ph.D.: 2008, Smith lab)
  • Brian Raisler (Ph.D.: 2003, Hauswirth lab)
  • Paulette Robinson-Kuznia (Ph.D.: 2012, Schultz lab)
  • Renee Ryals (Ph.D.: 2014, Hauswirth lab)
  • N. Sengupta (Ph.D.: 2005, Kaushal lab)
  • Soojung Seo-Gibson (Ph.D.: 2011, Lewin lab)
  • D. Alan White (Ph.D.: 2006, Lewin lab)
  • Melissa Williams (M.S.: 2006, Rowland lab)
  • Lin Wu (Ph.D.: 1996, Boulton lab)