Michael Raymond

Michael Raymond, BS, Biology, University of South Carolina Columbia

Kodi Ravichandran Lab

Retinitis Pigmentosa is a degenerative eye disease that results in severe vision impairment from loss of rod photoreceptors. One prevailing thought is that the Retinal Pigment Epithelium (RPE), a monolayer of epithelial cells responsible for supporting photoreceptors through retinal cycling and photoreceptor outer segment phagocytosis, lose their ability to properly phagocytose the outer segments - resulting in photoreceptor stress and ultimately death. We intend to uncover the components of this phagocytic process and address the issues that arise when this mechanism is perturbed.