Yan Zhang, MD, PhD

I’M FROM: China
BEFORE VS: I received my MD and MS degree from China, and then worked as a research fellow at National Eye Institute / National Institute of Health (NEI/NIH) for over a year.
WHY I’M HERE: I am a clinician by primary training with a very strong interest in translational medical research, which is reflected in my decision to first pursue research as part of my M.S. in Ophthalmology and subsequent decisions to pursue research experience at the NEI/NIH. My primary interest in translational research leads me to join the multidisciplinary Vision Science Graduate Research (Ph.D.) Program at UC Berkeley in 2007.
MY RESEARCH: My research is conducted under the mentorship of Professor Christine F. Wildsoet, focusing on the investigation of the role of retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) in myopia development and eye growth regulation. Using both in vivo and in vitro models, I investigate the molecular and cellular pathways in RPE that may be involved in myopia development. I also seek the possibility of targeting RPE for the treatment of myopia, which affects over 40% of US population aged between 12 to 54 years. For publications please click here.
MY DREAM: My long-term career goal is to become an independent clinician scientist working in academia, preferably in a tenure-track faculty position, and successfully competing for research funds.
MY HOBBIES: I enjoy cooking and spending time with my family.