Advisory Board

Scientific Advisory Board

Peter Campochiaro, MD - Johns Hopkins University

Dr. Campochiaro was trained at the University of Notre Dame, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, the University of Virginia, and the Wilmer Eye Institute, joining the Wilmer Faculty in 1991. He is currently the George S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Professor of Ophthalmology and Neuroscience at the Wilmer Institute. His major research interests are in gaining a greater understanding of the roles of peptide growth and trophic factors in the retina and retinal pigmented-epithelium with a goal of developing new treatments for proliferative retinopathies, choroidal neovascularization and retinal degenerations. Dr Campochiaro has been a scientific advisor for several biotech and pharmaceutical companies, and has more than 300 articles published in peer-reviewed medical journals.

Randall Johnson, PhD - Oxford University

Prof Randall Johnson received a Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biology and a Bachelor of Arts in Swedish Language and Literature concurrently in 1983 from the University of Washington in Seattle.  Having resolved to choose science over literature, he worked for a couple of years as a research technician for Dr. Don Pious at UW, on a project concerned with the genetics of the human major histocompatibility complex, then went to Harvard to do doctoral work with Prof. Bruce Spiegelman, and received his Ph.D. in Genetics.   His post-doctoral work was as a Jane Coffin Childs Fellow with Prof. Doug Hanahan when he was at UC San Francisco, working on the role of angiogenesis in transgenic tumor models.  Randall Johnson started his career as a group leader in the Dept. of Biology at UC San Diego.

In 2011, he joined Cambridge and the Dept. of PDN as a Wellcome Trust Principal Research Fellow. He then became an associated member of the Department of Cell and Molecular Biology of the Karolinska Institute, in Stockholm, Sweden, and continued to be an adjunct member of the Division of Molecular Biology at UC San Diego.

Christopher D. Kontos, MD - Duke University

Dr. Kontos is Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiology, Associate Professor of Pharmacology and Cancer Biology, and Director of the Medical Scientist Training Program at Duke University Medical Center. He received his BS and MA degrees in Chemistry from the College of William and Mary and his MD from the Medical College of Virginia (MCV) of Virginia Commonwealth University in 1989. He completed Residency and Chief Residency in Internal Medicine at MCV Hospitals in 1993 followed by a fellowship in Cardiology at Duke University Hospital, where he joined the faculty in 1997 after receiving a K08 award from the NHLBI. His laboratory is focused on understanding the molecular mechanisms regulating vascular growth and remodeling with an emphasis on signaling pathways mediated by endothelial receptor tyrosine kinases, including the TIE and VEGF receptors and their regulation of both vascular and skeletal muscle cell growth and differentiation in limb ischemia.

Dr. Kontos is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in Cardiovascular Disease, and he is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, a Fellow of the American Heart Association’s Council on Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology, and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.  Dr. Kontos served as a chartered member of the NIH Vascular Cell and Molecular Biology (VCMB) Study Section from 2009-2013 and as a member of the American Heart Association's Mid-Atlantic Affiliate Research Committee from 2010-2014. He has been a principal or co-investigator on grants funded by the NIH, the American Heart Association, and industry. He has served as Director of the Duke Medical Scientist Training Program and principal investigator of that program's NIH training grant since 2009

Susan Quaggin, MD - Northwestern University

Dr Quaggin is Professor at Northwestern University and Chief, Division of Nephrology/Hypertension at The Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr Quaggin graduated from Yale University School of Medicine and the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine. She has more than 100 published articles.

Dietmar Vestweber, PhD - Max Planck Institute

Dietmar Vestweber studied biochemistry at the Universities of Tübingen and Munich and at the Max-Planck-Institute of Biochemistry in Martinsried. He received his PhD from the University of Tübingen in 1985 for his research conducted at the Max-Planck-Institute for Developmental Biology.

For his post-doctoral studies, he went to the Biocenter of the University of Basel where he received his habilitation in 1990. In the same year he started as head of a research group at the Max-Planck Institute of Immunobiology in Freiburg and assumed in 1994 a professorship for Cell Biology at the medical school of the University of Münster.

In 1999 he assumed the position of director at the Max-Planck-Institute of physiological and clinical research, which he held until 2001, when he became the director of the newly founded Max-Planck-Institute for Molecular Biomedicine in Münster.

Ophthalmology Advisory Board

David Boyer, MD

David S. Boyer, M.D. is a senior partner at Retina-Vitreous Associates Medical Group in Los Angeles and a Clinical Professor with the University of Southern California with an extensive research background. His professional affiliations include the Los Angeles Medical Association, Los Angeles Eye Society, American Board of Ophthalmology, Discovery Fund for Eye Research, American Academy of Ophthalmology, California Medical Association, Retina Society, Macula Society, American Medical Association and Retinitis Pigmentosa International. Dr. Boyer is a widely-published author and lecturer, and has been an advisor for several biotech and pharmaceutical companies. He is a member of the board of directors of the Research Study Club, Discovery Fund for Eye Research and has been a member of the board of directors of the American Diabetes Association Los Angeles Chapter and the Center for the Partially Sighted.

Dr. Boyer received a B.S. from the University of Illinois at Champaign, after which he completed a medical degree at the Chicago Medical School. In 1976 he finished his residency at the U.S.C. County Medical Center, and completed a retinal surgery fellowship at the Wills Eye Hospital.

Peter Campochiaro, MD

Dr. Campochiaro was trained at the University of Notre Dame, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, the University of Virginia, and Wilmer Eye Institute, joining the Wilmer Faculty in 1991. He is currently the George S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Professor of Ophthalmology and Neuroscience at the Wilmer Institute. His major research interests are in gaining a greater understanding of the roles of peptide growth and trophic factors in the retina and retinal pigmented-epithelium with a goal of developing new treatments for proliferative retinopathies, choroidal neovascularization and retinal degenerations. Dr Campochiaro has been a scientific advisor for several biotech and pharmaceutical companies, he has more than 300 articles published in peer-reviewed medical journals.

Peter Kaiser, MD

Peter K. Kaiser, MD, is the Chaney Family Endowed Chair for Ophthalmology Research, Professor of Ophthalmology at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, Founder and Director of the Digital Optical Coherence Tomography Reading Center (DOCTR), and Director of the Cole Ophthalmic Imaging Center.

Dr. Kaiser graduated magna cum laude with Highest Honors from Harvard College and magna cum laude from Harvard Medical School. He completed an internal medicine internship at Massachusetts General Hospital, an ophthalmology residency at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, and a vitreoretinal fellowship at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute before joining the Vitreoretinal Department of the Cole Eye Institute at the Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Kaiser serves on numerous Scientific Advisory Boards, and on the Editorial Boards of American Journal of Ophthalmology, Retina, Retina Today, and Ocular Surgery News. Dr. Kaiser is also editor-in-chief of Retinal Physician magazine. In addition, Dr. Kaiser is the team ophthalmologist for the Cleveland Browns (National Football League) and Cleveland Cavaliers (National Basketball Association).