The Nathans's laboratory is approaching questions related to the visual system by studying the retina. The questions they are asking are: (1) How are the patterns of cell identity in the retina determined at a molecular level? (2) How is the final performance of the system affected by individual molecules and molecular events? (3) How is the remarkable structure of photoreceptor cells generated? (4) What are the pathologic mechanisms responsible for blinding diseases and how can this knowledge be applied to therapeutic intervention?
Jeremy Nathans is Professor in the Departments of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Neuroscience, and Ophthalmology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He is also an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. He attended the Baltimore City public schools, received B.S. degrees in Chemistry and in Life Sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1979, and Ph.D. (in Biochemistry) and M.D. degrees from the Stanford University School of Medicine in 1985 and 1987. After a one-year postdoctoral fellowship at Genentech, he joined the Johns Hopkins faculty in 1988. Dr. Nathans has received numerous awards for his research and teaching, including the Initiatives in Research Award from the National Academy of Sciences, the Cogan Award from the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, the Young Investigator Award from the Society for Neuroscience, the Teacher of the Year Award from the Graduate Student Association at the Johns Hopkins Medical School, the Champalimaud Award for Vision Research, and the Edward Scolnick Prize in Neuroscience. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Institute of Medicine. Dr. Nathans currently serves on the advisory boards of the Foundation Fighting Blindness, the Life Sciences Research Foundation, and the Merck Research Laboratories. Learn more about Dr. Nathans
Foundation Fighting Blindness
The urgent mission of the Foundation Fighting Blindness, Inc. is to drive the research that will provide preventions, treatments and cures for people affected by retinitis pigmentosa (RP), macular degeneration, Usher syndrome, and the entire spectrum of retinal degenerative diseases.
National Eye Institute
As part of the federal government's National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Eye Institute's mission is to "conduct and support research, training, health information dissemination, and other programs with respect to blinding eye diseases, visual disorders, mechanisms of visual function, preservation of sight, and the special health problems and requirements of the blind."