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Dr. Haijiang Lin joins our faculty Team

Date Posted: Sunday, August 21, 2016

The Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences is proud to welcome Haijiang Lin, M.D., Ph.D.  as a faculty member. Dr. Lin is an ophthalmologist fellowship trained in medical retina. Dr. Lin will serve as a general ophthalmologist, and will provide excellent eye care for patients suffering from multiple eye conditions, including eyeglasses prescription, cataracts, glaucoma, dry eye, diabetic retinopathy, retinal vascular disease, and age-related macular degeneration.

Dr. Shlomit Schaal, Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences at the UMass Chan Medical School happily announced that Dr. Haijiang Lin M.D., Ph.D. is expected to join the clinical and research faculty of the department in the fall of 2016.

Dr. Lin is a general ophthalmologist who is known for his extensive research experience. During his work at McGill University and Whitehead Institute at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) he discovered several genes involving ubiquitin conjugation and deubiquitination, a key mechanism of cellular homeostasis.

Moreover, he created de novo DNA methyltransferase gene (Dnmt 3a and 3b) knockout and conditional induction mice, and studied the function of DNA methylation in tumor formation and stem cells. Dr. Lin held faculty appointments at Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, and University of Texas, prior to joining the Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences at the University of Massachusetts as an Assistant Professor.

Dr. Schaal expressed her confidence that Dr. Lin will serve as an excellent junior faculty member. “As a clinician-scientist, Dr. Lin has a unique insight towards the basic molecular mechanisms that lead to blinding eye diseases. He will serve as a bridge between our basic science vision scientists and our clinicians”, she said.