Donald J. Zack MD, PhD

Johns Hopkins University

Donald J. Zack, MD, PhD, is the inaugural Guerrieri Family Professor of Ophthalmology in the Center for Genetic Engineering and Molecular Ophthalmology at the Wilmer Institute, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He is also the director of the Wilmer Stem Cell Ocular Regenerative Medicine (STORM) Center. He is a glaucoma specialist and molecular biologist whose research focuses on molecular approaches to the study of retinal development, function and disease. The work of his lab has advanced the understanding of photoreceptor death in retinal disease, and of ganglion cell death in glaucoma and other forms of optic nerve disease, and has led to the identification of neuroprotective molecules that hold promise for the development of novel and more effective treatment strategies for these diseases. He joined Johns Hopkins in 1988 and currently holds joint appointments as Professor in the Departments of Ophthalmology, Molecular Biology and Genetics, Neuroscience, and the Institute of Genetic Medicine. Dr. Zack has served on a number of academic, non-profit, biotechnology, and pharmaceutical advisory boards, and is the recipient of an Alcon Research Award. He is currently a co-chair of the NEI Board of Scientific Counselors.