JAN. 24, 2006 | A team of seven researchers with grants of more than $2.25 million has joined the Jones Eye Institute’s Pat & Willard Walker Eye Research Center at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS).
The team, with its three National Institute of Health grants, is headed by Nalini Bora, Ph.D. The seven researchers come to Jones Eye Institute from the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences of the Kentucky Lions Eye Center and University of Louisville in Louisville, Ky.
“We are delighted to have this entire team join us at the Pat and Willard Walker Eye Research Center,” said John Shock, professor and chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology and director of the Jones Eye Institute. “Our physicians and scientists at Jones Eye Institute are leaders in research that advances ophthalmic medicine and technology.”
Nalini Bora will serve as the director of the Pat and Willard Walker Eye Research Center. She received her Ph.D., from All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi, India. She is a tenured professor; has published articles, manuscripts and book chapters on a variety of ophthalmology research topics; and holds several patents. Bora’s NIH grants are titled “Idiopathic Anterior Uveitis and Type I Collagen” and “Complement System and the Eye.”
Puran Bora, Ph.D., received his graduate degree from Kumaun University in Nainital, India and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Medicine/Cardiology, at St. Louis’ Washington University School of Medicine. Puran Bora is a professor and an active researcher, writer and speaker. Bora’s NIH grant is titled “Complement System and Choroidal Neovascularization.”
Other new team members are:
• Purushottam Jha, a postdoctoral research associate who is a graduate of the University of Louisville School of Medicine and holds a M. Sc., from M.D. University in Rohtak, India
• Qin Xu, M.D., a research associate and graduate of Zunyi Medical College, Zunyi, Guizhou province, People’s Republic of China
• Sankaranarayanan Kaliappan, M.D., a research associate and graduate of Madras Medical College Research Institute, Chennai, India
• Bharati Matta, research coordinator and a graduate of M.D. University, Rohtak, India
• Balasubramanian Manickam, a graduate student candidate at the University of Louisville.
The team joins Annisa E. Buckner, Ph.D., molecular biologist, and Charles Ekworomadu, M.S., research technologist.