Research Interest

  • Embryonic and induced pluripotent stem cells
  • Gene therapy
  • Genetic mechanisms underlying ocular neurodegeneration
  • Genome engineering
  • Human stem cell transplantations
  • Inherited retinal degenerations
  • Metabolism and metabolic reprogramming
  • Mouse models of ocular disease
  • Retinitis Pigmentosa

Publications

Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Subretinal injection of gene therapy vectors and stem cells in the perinatal mouse eye.
Wert KJ, Skeie JM, Davis RJ, Tsang SH, Mahajan VB, J Vis Exp 2012 Nov 69
Deoxygenation of aromatic ketones using transfer hydrogenolysis with Raney nickel in 2-propanol
Zuidema DR, Williams SL, Wert KJ, Bosma KJ, Smith AL, Mebane RC Synthetic Communications: An International Journal for Rapid Communication of Synthetic Organic Chemistry 2011 19 41 2927-2931
Transplantation of reprogrammed embryonic stem cells improves visual function in a mouse model for Retinitis Pigmentosa: Transplantation 2010 April 27;89 (8): 911-919.
Nan-Kai W, Tosi J, Kasanuki JM, Chou CL, Kong J, Parmalee N, Wert KJ, Allikmets R, Lai CC, Chien CL, Nagasaki T, Lin CS, Tsang SH, Ann Neurosci 2010 Oct 17 4 185-6
Transplantation of reprogrammed embryonic stem cells improves visual function in a mouse model for retinitis pigmentosa.
Wang NK, Tosi J, Kasanuki JM, Chou CL, Kong J, Parmalee N, Wert KJ, Allikmets R, Lai CC, Chien CL, Nagasaki T, Lin CS, Tsang SH, Transplantation 2010 Apr 89 8 911-9
A novel method of reducing ketones using sodium hydroxide in isopropanol
Zuidema DR, Wert KJ, Williams SL, Chill ST, Holte KL, Kokes NK, Mebane RC Synthetic Communications: An International Journal for Rapid Communication of Synthetic Organic Chemistry 2010 8 40 1187-1191

Honors & Awards

  • BrightFocus Foundation Travel Award
    (2019)
  • The Takashi Murachi Award for the outstanding presentation by a post-doctoral trainee at the FASEB Summer Research Conference
    (2016)
  • NIH/NCI F32CA196065 (PI)
    (2015-2017)
  • Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research Director’s Fellowship Allowance
    (2015)
  • The Bernard F. Erlanger Award for Excellence in Research
    (2014)
  • Columbia University Graduate Student Advisory Council Travel Grant
    (2013)
  • New York Academy of Sciences Fellow Teaching Credential
    (2013)
  • American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG)/Charles J. Epstein Trainee Award for Excellence in Human Genetics Research – Finalist
    (2012)
  • B. Dobli Srinivasan, M.D. Award, Best Resident/Fellow Basic Science Research Paper
    (2012)
  • March of Dimes Scholarship
    (2012)
  • Marija Dokmanovic Chouinard Award for Excellence in Research
    (2012)
  • Burroughs-Wellcome Fund Travel Grant
    (2010)
  • B. Dobli Srinivasan, M.D. Award, Best Resident/Fellow Clinical Research Paper
    (2009)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • Stanford University School of Medicine (2017-2019)
  • Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research/MIT (2014-2017)
  • Columbia University Graduate School of the Arts and Sciences/Institute of Human Nutrition (2009-2013)
  • Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons/Institute of Human Nutrition (2008-2009)