Wert Lab

Lab members Ashley Rowe, Dr. Wert, and Emily Nettesheim
Dr. Wert, Ashley Rowe, and Emily Nettesheim looking at lab materials under the hood.
Dr. Wert pointing out material on a computer screen to Ashley Rowe and Emily Nettesheim.

Our laboratory studies post-mitotic neuronal cells of the retina, particularly the photoreceptor cells, and how these cell populations are impacted during retinal degenerative disease.

The goal of our laboratory is to discover and understand the mechanisms underlying retinal degenerative disease, and to provide novel therapeutics for these complex degenerative disorders using gene therapy and genome engineering technologies, human stem cell transplantations, and metabolic rescue.

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Katherine J. Wert, Ph.D.

Dr. Wert is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Ophthalmology, with a secondary affiliation in the Department of Molecular Biology. She is also a faculty member of the Hamon Center for Regenerative Science and Medicine (CRSM), the Peter O'Donnell Jr. Brain Institute (OBI) and the Neuroscience and Genetics, Development and Disease (GDD) Graduate Programs at UT Southwestern.

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