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Silke Becker

Silke Becker, PhD

Academic Information

Departments Primary - Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences

Research Interests

  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Photoreceptors
  • Retinal Degeneration
  • Ophthalmic Electrophysiology

Dr. Becker joined the Vinberg lab as a postdoctoral research associate in September 2017 and was promoted to Research Assistant Professor in June 2021. She currently investigates how diabetes and hypoxia affect light signaling in the retina using in vivo and ex vivo electroretinography.

She completed her doctoral training in the laboratory of Dr. Philip Aaronson at King’s College London, where she investigated calcium signaling during hypoxia in the pulmonary vasculature. She has previously studied the potential of stem cell transplantation to improve retinal function in models of retinal ganglion cell loss in Professor G. Astrid Limb’s laboratory at the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology, UK, and gene therapeutic approaches to treat aberrant neovascularization in a model of retinopathy of prematurity in Dr. Mary Elizabeth Hartnett’s former laboratory at the John A. Moran Eye Center.