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Igor Nasonkin

Igor Nasonkin

Assistant Director
Fox Center for Vision Restoration
University of Pittsburgh


Igor Nasonkin is a Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology, Charles & Louella Snyder Retinal Regeneration Laboratory, Department of Ophthalmology, University of Pittsburgh, and the Assistant Director, the Louis J. Fox Centre for Vision Restoration of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Centre and University of Pittsburgh. He also holds a secondary appointment in the Department of Developmental Biology at Pitt. Igor Nasonkin educational background includes receiving a BSc degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (secondary major: molecular genetics) at St. Petersburg State University, St. Petersburg, Russia. He then attended the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, where he earned his MSc degree in Biochemistry (Mentor: Robert Molday, PhD). Following that, he obtained his PhD in Human Genetics at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan (Mentor: Sally A. Camper, PhD).

Research Interest

Igor Nasonkinb current interest is to drive human ES cells further towards neural lineage, and into specialized neuronal type (retinal cells), with further transplantation into retina, and studying potential alleviation of blindness in several genetic models of retinopathy.