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How are mitochondrial functions regulated during axonal insults and can we improve repair mechanism by modulating these functions? These are the questions that drive most of our research projects.

Our research merge two fascinating fields: regenerative neurobiology and mitochondrial biology. Our goal is to foster discoveries that will stimulate mitochondrial medicine.

We focus on finding mechanisms that promote neuronal survival and axonal repair by regulating mitochondrial function and dynamics. Our main interests are blinding diseases affecting the retinal ganglion cell axons and how we can help make the optic nerve regenerate.

We are proud to be part of the Duke University community. The lab is affiliated with the Department of Pharmacology and Cancer Biology, the Department of Ophthalmology, the Duke Eye Center and the Albert Eye Research Institute.