Moussa A. Zouache, PhD

Research Interests

  • Age-related Macular Degeneration
  • Engineering in Ophthalmology

Languages

  • English

Academic Information

  • Departments: Ophthalmology/Visual Sciences - Research Assistant Professor

Academic Bio

Dr. Zouache is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences at the University of Utah. His research involves designing and implementing multidisciplinary approaches to problem solving. His primary research interest is directed towards understanding the etiology and natural history of age-related macular degeneration, the leading cause of irreversible vision loss worldwide. He is also interested in characterizing transport phenomena – or the exchange of mass, energy, charge and momentum between systems – in the eye in health and how they change in disease.

Dr. Zouache trained as an Engineer in his native France before pursuing advanced degrees in Biology and Health in the UK. He holds a Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences from University College London, UK, where he worked within the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Institute of Ophthalmology/Moorfields Eye Hospital. He has taught many courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels and has given instructional courses designed for Ophthalmologists.

As part of his research, Dr Zouache developed a theoretical framework to characterize the blood flow and passive transport in the choriocapillaris, a microvascular bed with an unusual planar vascular geometry. This framework dramatically improved our understanding of mass transfers across the blood-retinal barrier and retinal homeostasis. Dr Zouache currently leads the AMD Natural History Program at the Steele Center for Translational Medicine, John A. Moran Eye Center, to identify markers of progression for AMD using genetic, biological and clinical data and mechanistic models.

Education History

Type School Degree
Postdoctoral Fellowship University College London
Ophthalmology & Engineering
Postdoctoral Fellow
Doctoral Training University College London
Biomedical Sciences
Ph.D.
Graduate Training Cranfield University
Medical Diagnostics
M.Sc.
Graduate Training École Centrale de Lille
Engineering
M.S.

Global Impact

Education History

Type School Degree Country
Postdoctoral Fellowship University College London
Ophthalmology & Engineering
Postdoctoral Fellow United Kingdom
Doctoral Training University College London
Biomedical Sciences
Ph.D. United Kingdom
Graduate Training Cranfield University
Medical Diagnostics
M.Sc. United Kingdom
Graduate Training École Centrale de Lille
Engineering
M.S. France

Selected Provider Publications

Journal Article

  1. Jacobsen BH, Shah AA, Aggarwal S, Mwanansao C, McFadden M, Zouache MA, Shakoor A (2020). Prevalence of Retinal Diseases and Associated Risk Factors in an African Population From Mwanza, Tanzania. Ophthalmic Surg Lasers Imaging Retina, 51(5), S17-S25.
    Global Impact: Tanzania.

  2. Zouache MA, Silvestri G, Amoaku WM, Silvestri V, Hubbard WC, Pappas C, Akafo S, Lartey S, Mastey RR, Carroll J, Hageman GS (2020). Comparison of the Morphology of the Foveal Pit Between African and Caucasian Populations. Transl Vis Sci Technol, 9(5).
    Global Impact: Ghana.

Selected Publications

Journal Article

  1. Jacobsen BH, Shah AA, Aggarwal S, Mwanansao C, McFadden M, Zouache MA, Shakoor A (2020). Prevalence of Retinal Diseases and Associated Risk Factors in an African Population From Mwanza, Tanzania. Ophthalmic Surg Lasers Imaging Retina, 51(5), S17-S25.
  2. Zouache MA, Silvestri G, Amoaku WM, Silvestri V, Hubbard WC, Pappas C, Akafo S, Lartey S, Mastey RR, Carroll J, Hageman GS (2020). Comparison of the Morphology of the Foveal Pit Between African and Caucasian Populations. Transl Vis Sci Technol, 9(5).
  3. Zouache MA, Eames I, Klettner CA, Luthert, PJ (2019). Flow and passive transport in planar multipolar flows. J Fluid Mech, 858, 184-227.
  4. Zouache MA, Eames I, Klettner CA, Luthert PJ (2016). Form, shape and function: segmented blood flow in the choriocapillaris. Sci Rep, 6, 35754.
  5. Zouache MA, Eames I, Samsudin A (2016). Allometry and Scaling of the Intraocular Pressure and Aqueous Humour Flow Rate in Vertebrate Eyes. PLoS ONE, 11(3), e0151490.
  6. Zouache MA, Eames I, Luthert PJ (2015). Blood flow in the choriocapillaris. J Fluid Mech, 774, 37-66.

Review

  1. Zouache MA, Luthert PJ (2017). The choroid in age-related macular degeneration: a critical point of failure? [Review]. Retina Specialist, (Nov 2017).