Jason Meyer, PhD

Dr. Meyer received his bachelor’s degree from Colgate University and his doctoral degree from the University of Missouri. He completed postdoctoral training at the University of Wisconsin and was later promoted to assistant scientist. In this role, Dr. Meyer developed the foundational ability to differentiate human pluripotent stem cells into retinal neurons, including the formation of three-dimensional retinal organoids that recapitulate the spatiotemporal development of the retina. Subsequently, Dr. Meyer established an independent research program focused on the mechanisms underlying the specification and maturation of individual cell types of the retina, in particular retinal ganglion cells. More recently, as part of the Stark Neurosciences Research Institute at Indiana University School of Medicine, his lab has focused upon the in vitro modeling of neurodegenerative diseases using human pluripotent stem cells, with a particular focus upon glaucoma. Areas of emphasis include intracellular mechanisms underlying neurodegenerative processes, as well as interactions with glial cells that contribute to neurodegeneration.