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Haijiang Lin, M.D., Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Brief Bio

Dr. Lin is an ophthalmologist fellowship trained in medical retina. Dr. Lin serves as a general ophthalmologist, who provides excellent eye care for patients with multi-specialty conditions, including eyeglasses prescription, cataracts, glaucoma, dry eye, diabetic retinopathy, retinal vascular disease, and age-related macular degeneration.

In addition to his clinical activity, Dr. Lin has an extensive research experience. During his work at McGill University and Whitehead Institute at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with Rudolf Jaenisch, 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 tumorformation and stem cells. Dr. Lin previously 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.

As a clinician-scientist, Dr. Lin’s Lab primarily focuses on epigenetic mechanisms of disease, gene-editing, and stem cell tissue regeneration, as a treatment approach for age-related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy

Clinical Expertise

  • Cataract
  • Diabetic retinopathy
  • Age-related macular degeneration

Research Interest

  • Epigenetic mechanisms of disease
  • Gene-editing
  • Stem cell tissue regeneration as a treatment approach for age-related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy

Academic Rank

  • Director of Translational Research Center
  • Associate Professor
  • University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • UMass Memorial Medical Center

Education/Medical School

  • Weifang Medical University
  • D. McGill University

Ophthalmology Residency

  • Ophthalmology, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston

Clinical Fellowship

  • Medical Retina. Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Harvard Medical School

Research Fellowship

  • Dana-Farber Cancer institute, Harvard Medical School
  • Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)


  • American Board of Ophthalmology

Professional Societies and Affiliations

  • ARVO - The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology


  • Excellent Research Award from University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
  • Pilot Project Award from Cancer Centre of Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Fellowship from Canadian Institute of Health Research
  • Abraham Fellowship from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School
  • Experimental Mouse Genetics Award from Jackson Laboratory
  • Pauline Blidner-Krupp Research Award from Royal Victoria Hospital Institute, Montreal


  • English, Chinese-Mandarin

Haijiang Lin, M.D., Ph.D.

Contact Information
Tel: 508-334-6855


Click here for Dr. Lin’s publications

 Office Address
Hahnemann Campus, 281 Lincoln Street, Worcester, MA 01605