Current & Past Trainees

Ph.D. Graduate Students:

  • Siddhant Gupte, M.Sc.| 2019 – Present
  • Russell Mellen | 2018 – Present
  • Victoria Fielding, M.Sc.| 2017 -Present
  • Kaitlyn Calabro | 2016 – 2019 | Received F31 Fellowship | Currently a postdoc in my lab
  • K. Tyler McCullough, M.Sc. | 2016 – 2019 | Currently postdoc at Duke University
  • Miranda Scalabrino | 2013 – 2016 | Currently postdoc at Duke University

Post-Doctoral Associates:

  • Kaitlyn Calabro, Ph.D. | Jan. 2020 – Present
  • Sean Crosson, Ph.D. | May 2018 – Present
  • Shreyasi Choudhury, Ph.D. | August 2014 – August 2019 | Currently at Spark Therapeutics
  • Frank M. Dyka, Ph.D. (shared with William Hauswirth) | August 2014 – August 2015

Junior Faculty Advisory Committees:

  • Jonathan Bird, Ph.D., Assistant Professor | 2018 – present

Clinical Faculty:

  • Jonathan Hu, MD (Resident) | 2014
  • Christine Kay, MD (VR Surgeon) | 2012 – 2014

Medical Student Research Program (MSRP) Students:

  • Michael Levin- UF MSRP | Fellow | Summer 2016
  • Bradley Sifrig- UF MSRP | Fellow | Summer 2015
  • John Bullock- UF MSRP | Fellow | Summer 2012

Medical Student Volunteers:

  • David Ullman- FSU | Medical Student Volunteer | Summer 2012
  • Peter Tang- MUSC MD/Ph.D | Away Rotation Student | Summer 2012

Residents:

  • Valentina Lozano, MD (Ophthalmology) | April 2017- Present

Undergraduate Students:

  • Jessica Kenney | Undergraduate Research Volunteer | January 2010 – May 2012 | Currently Optometrist in Texas
  • Marilyn Okine | Undergraduate Research Volunteer | May 2011 – August 2011
  • Candace Brown | Undergraduate Research Volunteer | January 2012 – May 2012
  • Paige Davis | Undergraduate Research Volunteer | August 2012 – May 2013
  • Alyssa Berger | Undergraduate Research Volunteer | August 2013- December 2013
  • Oliver Sroka | Undergraduate Research Volunteer | August 2013- December 2015 | Currently UF Medical Student)
  • Billy Vann | Undergraduate Research Volunteer | May 2013- December 2014 | Currently Biological Scientist at UF’s College of Vet Med
  • Ruth Antony | Undergraduate Research Volunteer | January 2015 – December 2016
  • Lauren von Zabern | Undergraduate Research Volunteer | January 2015 – December 2016 | Currently UF medical student
  • Gita Lakshminarayanan | Undergraduate Research Volunteer | June 2015 – August 2015
  • Jordan Dailey | Undergraduate Research Volunteer | October 2015
  • Grace Cope | Undergraduate Research Volunteer | January 2015 – December 2016
  • Andrew Makarov | Undergraduate Research Volunteer | August 2016 – Present
  • Erich Zellmer | Undergraduate Research Volunteer | October 2016 – Present | Currently UF medical student
  • Nicole Pineda | Post-bac Research Volunteer | January 2017 – January 2019
  • Nora Wartan | Post-bac Research Volunteer | January 2017 – January 2019 | Currently medical student at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
  • Greg Aiello | Undergraduate Research Volunteer | January 2017 – December 2018
  • Laurel Tanke | Undergraduate Research Volunteer | January 2017 – January 2018
  • Nihal Patel | Undergraduate Research Volunteer | January 2018 – January 2019
  • Brian Li | Undergraduate Research Volunteer | May 2018 – August 2019
  • Cyrus Morshifar | Undergraduate Research Volunteer | May 2018 – Present
  • Lillian Vu | Undergraduate Research Volunteer | August 2018 – May 2019
  • Alejandro de-la-Cova | Undergraduate Research Volunteer | August 2018 – Present
  • Kaitlyn Evans | Undergraduate Research Volunteer | January 2019 – May 2019
  • Ria Sanghani | Undergraduate Research Volunteer | August 2019 – Present
  • Juliet Hassan | Undergraduate Research Volunteer | August 2019 – Present

Visiting Scholars

  • Rebecca Fitzgerald (Trinity College, Dublin Ireland) | Summer 2016 | Currently a Ph.D. graduate student at Trinity College
  • Helder Andre, Ph.D. (St Erik Eye Hospital / Karolinska Institute) | Summer 2016 and Summer 2019
  • Zhonghong Zhang, MD | 2012 – 2014

Thesis Committees:

  • Amy Alleyne | 2nd year Ph.D. Student (member)
  • Siddhant Gupte | 2nd year Ph.D. Student (chair)
  • Elizabeth Delgado | 3rd year Ph.D. (external member)
  • Russell Mellen | 3rd year Ph.D. student (chair)
  • Virginia White, Ph.D | Graduate (member)
  • Victoria Makal | 5th year Ph.D. Student (chair)
  • Enrico Barrozo | 5th year Ph.D. Student (external member)
  • Jieun Lee, M.Sc | Graduate (member)
  • K. Tyler McCullough, Ph.D | Graduate | May 2019 (chair) | Currently postdoc at Duke University
  • Kaitlyn Calabro, Ph.D. | Graduate | December 2019 (chair) | currently postdoc in my lab
  • Miranda (White) Scalabrino, Ph.D. | Graduate | April 2016 (chair) | Currently postdoc at Duke University
  • Jamie Shirley, Ph.D. | Graduate (member) | Currently postdoc at UMass
  • Lei Xu, Ph.D. | Graduate (member) | Currently postdoc at UF
  • Marcus Hooper, Ph.D. | Graduate (member) | Currently postdoc at University of Washington
  • Angela McCall, Ph.D. | Graduate (member) | Currently postdoc at Duke University
  • Christopher Reid | 2015 – 2016 (member) | Transfer to MCW | Currently scientist in biotech
  • Renee Ryals, Ph.D. | Graduate | July 2014 (member) | Currently Research Assistant Professor at Casey Eye Institute
  • Kristin Koehl, M.Sc. | Graduate | December 2018 | Michigan State (external member)