Dr. Bikash Pattnaik Awarded 2-Year Research Grant

Bikash Pattnaik, PhD
Bikash Pattnaik, PhD

Bikash Pattnaik, PhD, was recently awarded a 2-year research grant of $250,000 from Ateres Avigail in support of his project, "Restoration of potassium channel function using mouse models of Lebers Congenital Amaurosis (LCA16) as a means to treat retinal channelopathies." This project will use mouse models to deliver lentiviral and adenoviral gene-therapy during early, middle and late stages of development targeted to retina pigment epithelium (RPE) apical processes. This study is the first of several steps aimed at developing preventative approaches to treat blindness in LCA16 and testing the role of precision medicine therapeutics.