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.

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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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Dr. William Hauswirth and his collaborators share…

The 2018 Antonio Champalimaud Vision Award recognizes Hauswirth and his colleagues for developing the first successful gene therapy to cure an…

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Dr. William Hauswirth invited by Pope Francis to…

Dr. Hauswirth was recently invited by Pope Francis to speak at the Vatican Symposium on Regenerative Medicine and its Cultural Impact.  Created by…

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William Hauswirth receives 2014 OIS Innovator…

William Hauswirth, Ph.D. was co-awarded the 2014 OIS Innovator Award in Chicago at the Ophthalmology Innovation Summit, a full day pre-meeting of the…

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William Hauswirth receives the Llura Ligget Gund…

The Foundation Fighting Blindness, a national non-profit organization dedicated to finding treatments and cures for blinding retinal diseases…