Petr Baranov, MD, PhD
After graduating from Russian State Medical University in Moscow I joined Michael Young's lab at the Schepens Eye Research University where I gained extensive experience with small and large animal models of retinal disease, stem cell differentiation, transplantation and cell therapy development. During my postdoc years I was working on major aspects of bench to bedside translation of cell therapy and build productive collaborations in academia and industry. In 2018 I was promoted to the rank of Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at the Schepens Eye Research Institute of Massachusetts Eye and Ear. My lab is committed to search for novel therapies for glaucoma, traumatic optic neuropathies and other diseases characterized by retinal ganglion cell loss. We explore cell replacement and neuroprotection strategies. To achieve this audacious goal we combine the achievements in regenerative medicine, retinal cell biology and development, transplantation and functional imaging of the retinal neurons on single cell level.