Maida & Morris Rybaczki Eminent Scholar Chair in Ophthalmic Sciences

William Hauswirth, PhD

Dr. Hauswirth received his B.S. in Chemistry from Stanford University and his Ph.D in Physical Chemistry from Oregon State University.  After an NIH Fellowship in the Biochemistry Department at the Johns Hopkins University, he joined that department as an Assistant Professor.  In 1976, he joined the faculty of Molecular Genetics and in 1985 joined the Ophthalmology faculty at the University of Florida College of Medicine.  Over the past 30 years he has received short-term professorships from Oxford University, University of Edinburgh, University of Paris and University of Pavia.

Bill Hauswirth


Research Summary

Dr Hauswirth has a long-term interest in the delivery and testing of potentially therapeutic genes for Dominant, Recessive and X-Linked Retinitis Pigmentosa, Leber Congenital Amaurosis, Achromatopsia, Blue Cone Monochromacy, Usher’s Disease, Macular Degeneration, Diabetic Retinopathy, Glaucoma and Optic Neuropathies in natural and transgenic animal models of each human disease. He has been/is principal investigator on numerous NIH and private foundation grants supporting this work.

Human Gene Therapy

Areas of Interest

AAV Mediated Gene Therapy for Vision and Hearing Diseases

Childhood Forms of Severe Genetic Vision and Hearing Loss

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