First-year Harvard Ophthalmology resident Wendy Liu, MD, PhD, received the 2018 Gragoudas-Folkman Award, which will provide up to $20,000 to help fund her research on mechanosensitive ion channels in primary open-angle glaucoma. She will complete the project under the guidance of her mentor Janey Wiggs, MD, PhD.
Dr. Liu earned her MD with honors from the Harvard-MIT Program in Health Sciences and Technology, and a PhD in Neurobiology from Harvard University. While at Harvard, she received the Presidential Scholarship and Martha Gray Prize for Excellence in Research.
She also received a Howard Hughes Medical Institute research fellowship for her PhD work, which led to the discovery of novel thermosensory and olfactory circuits in the fruit fly using in vivo electrophysiology. Her work has been published in several top-tier journals, including New England Journal of Medicine, Nature, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and Current Biology. Well on her way to becoming an outstanding clinician scientist, Dr. Liu hopes to expand the possibilities for ophthalmic intervention through research on disease mechanisms and treatment.
More about the Award
Anthony Adamis, MD, a member of the Harvard Ophthalmology faculty and Global Head of Ophthalmology, Immunology and Infectious Diseases at Genentech/Roche, established the award in 2016, using his portion of the proceeds from the 2014 António Champalimaud Vision Award. The gift is a tribute to the expert teaching and mentorship he received from Evan Gragoudas, MD, and the late Judah Folkman, MD—two world-renowned pioneers in their fields.