Laurel Tainsh, MD, MHS

Laurel Tainsh, MD, MHS

Ophthalmology Resident, Class of 2021

Dr. Laurel Tainsh earned a BA in History from Harvard College. After graduation, she joined a laboratory at Massachusetts General Hospital, where she worked under the mentorship of Emmanuel S. Buys, PhD, studying a novel mouse model of open angle glaucoma. She went on to earn her MD and MHS degrees from Yale University. During medical school, she worked as a histology teaching assistant and volunteered with Sight Savers—a student group that provides free glaucoma screening to underserved patient populations. She also received a National Institutes of Health fellowship to develop a co-culture model of stem cell-derived retinal pigment epithelium and retinal progenitor cells on a novel biodegradable scaffold. She presented her work at the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology Annual Meeting, and her research has been published in several journals, including the Journal of Clinical Investigation, PLoS One, Biomaterials, and Cornea. Throughout her academic career, Dr. Tainsh has received several awards, including the Norma Bailey Bernicker Prize, the Campbell Prize, and the Farr Scholar Award for excellence in medical student research.

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