Amirfarbod Yazdanyar, MD, PhD
The Yazdanyar lab is interested in studying the role of lipid metabolism pathways in retinal diseases such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and diabetic retinopathy (DR). The genes involved in the pathways of lipoprotein metabolism are widely expressed in the retina. Genome-wide association studies (GWAS) have identified associations between SNPs in these genes and blinding retinal diseases such as AMD. However, direct experimental evidence of the involvement of lipid pathways in pathogenesis of AMD is lacking. Our research will lead to a better understanding of the pathophysiology of AMD development.
Dr. Yazdanyar is an assistant professor of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences. As a clinician-scientist, he treats patients with variety of vitreoretinal diseases and conducts multiple research project to study the retinal disease at the molecular and cellular levels. He completed his PhD in cell biology at SUNY downstate and his surgical retina fellowship at UC Davis. He received SUNY chancellors award (2013), Raymond R. Margherio fellowship award from Retina Society (2018) for his research work, and the Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology (AUPO)/RPB resident /fellow Research Award (2016).