About Shannon Boye and the Boye Lab

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Shannon Boye

Dr. Boye is actively engaged in community outreach and is a highly sought after speaker at patient-oriented conferences. Her real passion is interfacing with those affected by the diseases she studies and educating these individuals about treatment options and ongoing research to develop future treatments. She has authored over 50 peer-reviewed manuscripts, multiple textbook chapters, and is actively involved in grant and manuscript review.

Dr. Shannon Boye

The Boye Laboratory

The focus of our research is developing viral vector-based gene replacement strategies for the treatment of inherited ocular disease. Our current goals are:to develop AAV-based gene therapy approaches for delivering genes to the outer retina (notably foveal cones) following intravitreal delivery; to develop an AAV-based gene therapy for treatment of GUCY2D-Leber congenital amaurosis-1 (LCA1); to develop dual AAV vector platforms that are capable of delivering large transgenes (> 5kb); to develop AAV-CRISPR/Cas9- based treatments for inherited retinal disease; to develop AAV vectors capable of targeting retinal bipolar cells to correct Congenital Stationary Night Blindness (CSNB) and restore vision via optogenetics.

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More about Dr. Boye

Teaching and Mentoring

Dr. Boye is actively involved in the University of Florida’s teaching mission. Her real passion is interfacing with those affected by the diseases she studies and educating these individuals about treatment options and ongoing research to develop future treatments. For her efforts, she is the three-time recipient of the Exemplary Teacher Award from UF’s College of Medicine.

Christine Kay, MD, Sandeep Grover, MD. and Shannon Boye, Ph.D.

Current Funding

Grants are non-repayable funds given by one party, often a government department, corporation, foundation or trust, to a recipient, a nonprofit entity, educational institution, business or an individual. Most grants are made to fund a specific project and require some level of compliance and reporting. Please look over our currently funded grants below.

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Awards and Recognitions

Dr. Boye is the recipient of several major awards including the ARVO Foundation/Merck Innovative Ophthalmology Research Award in Gene Therapy and Eye Disease, the Foundation Fighting Blindness Board of Director’s Award, a UF Term Professorship, and the Gund Harrington Scholar Award for excellence in gene therapy research.

Dr Boye Award


Use this link to see a complete list of Dr. Boye’s publications.

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Our Work in the News

The Boye Lab presents their work in 4 talks at…

Congratulations to Sean Crosson, Ph.D., Kaitlyn Calabro, and Russell Mellen for giving outstanding presentations at this year’s ASGCT meeting in…

boye lab at presentation

Congratulations Dr. McCullough!

K. Tyler McCullough successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis on March 25th, 2019! We are excited that Tyler decided to join grad school (aka come to…

K. Tyler McCullough

The most heartwarming surprise from across the…

As if loving what you do for a living wasn’t enough, today I received a beautiful bouquet of flowers from a grateful patient all the way in…


University of Florida Research Landscapes:

Shannon E. Boye, Ph.D.

Shannon E. Boye, Ph.D., an associate professor in the University of Florida College of Medicine’s department of ophthalmology, discusses her research involving developing gene therapies for devastating forms of blindness.

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Driving Research

Saving Vision

Developing gene therapy for inherited retinal disease and treating blindness through research.

Shannon Boye Play Video