Aparna Lakkaraju, PhD

Aparna Lakkaraju, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the School of Medicine and Public Health at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is an affiliate in the Division of Pharmaceutical Sciences and also holds the Retina Research Foundation/McPherson Eye Research Institute Rebecca Meyer Brown Professorship. She earned her B. Pharm degree from Kakatiya University, India, and her PhD from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. She completed her post-doctoral training at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University in New York City. Dr. Lakkaraju’s team focuses on understanding the mechanisms that contribute to vision loss in AMD. Her group uses state-of-the-art high-speed, high-resolution live imaging of healthy and diseased RPE to identify the earliest defects that could contribute to vision loss in AMD. This information is then used to discover novel therapies for this devastating disease.