Philip Williams, PhD

Dr. Philip Williams is an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, and Neuroscience at the Washington University School of Medicine. He received his BS in neurobiology from University of Florida and completed his PhD at Washington University in St. Louis. He trained as a postdoctoral fellow at the Technical University of Munich and Harvard Medical School where he studied neurodegeneration in the spinal cord and brain using techniques of in vivo imaging and gene therapy. Dr. Williams’ laboratory focuses on understanding the diversity of responses to different forms of CNS degeneration, and particularly why certain events are degenerative for some neurons but not their neighbors. The goal of his research is to leverage these differences into strategies of preservation, repair, and recovery.