Shan obtained her Ph.D. in 2015 from the Tianjin Medical University Eye Hospital in China and was trained in Dr. Claudio Punzo's lab. Her Ph.D. work focused on studying the role of mTOR in cone photoreceptors. Currently Shan is investigating the role of the other regulators of the insulin/mTOR pathway in cones and rods of wild-type mice.
Lolita Petit recieved her Ph.D. degree from the University of Nates, Faculty of Medicine, Nates, France. Lolita has been trained in the laboratory of Dr. Fabienne Rolling where she established a gene therapy for the PDE6-beta mutation in a canin model. Currently Lolita is estabilshing a gene thrapy for secondary cone loss in Retinitis Pigmentosa.
Marina obtained her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. After testing if improving cell autonomous metabolism in photoreceptors can also delay rod and cone death in the sodium iodate model of Age-Related Macular Degeneration, Marina made an unexpected finding, which she is currently pursuing. She found that in some mouse strains photoreceptors degenerate slower in females than males when degeneration is induced by sodium iodate.