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Principal Investigator

Frans Vinberg, PhD

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Research Faculty

Silke Becker, PhD

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Post-Doctoral Research Associates

Dr. Mathew joined the Vinberg lab in March 2022 as a postdoctoral research associate. She completed her doctoral training in the laboratory of Dr. Raghava Varman Thampan at Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology, India, where she studied epididymal albumin and its interaction with sperm membrane proteins. She was fascinated by circadian biology after her summer training in the laboratory of Prof. M. K Chandrasekharan at JNCASR India. 

During her previous postdoctoral stints, Dr. Mathew studied the effect of circadian rhythm disruption on retinal physiology in mouse models in the laboratory of Dr. Ashay Bhatwadekar at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Eye Institute, and characterized the circadian and metabolic phenotype of ID2 null mice in the laboratory of Dr. Giles Duffield at the University of Notre Dame. 

Currently, Dr. Mathew is interested in investigating the molecular mechanisms involved in retinal remodeling during photoreceptor degeneration.

Graduate Student Research Associates

Jordan Allen

Jordan Allen

Graduate Student

Jordan Allen is pursuing a degree in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Utah. He plans to use his degree to invent devices that will aid in research to prevent and treat those affected by degenerative retinal diseases. His primary focus at the Vinberg Lab has been developing novel ex vivo human retina imaging techniques and a tool for precise extraction of samples from specific geographic regions of the human retina, including the fovea.

Lab Alumni

  • Fatima Abbas, PhD, Postdoc 2017-2022; Current position: Researcher at Genentech, San Francisco, CA.
  • Nguyen Pham, BS, Graduate Student; Current position: Clinical Application Specialist at BioFire.
  • Taylor Boyd, Undergraduate Student  (Graduated with honors in 2021 from University of Utah); Current position: Clinical Research Coordinator, Huntsman Cancer Institute.
  • Albert Kemp, Undergraduate Student (Graduated from Biomedical Engineering at University of Utah in 2021); Currently studying at the Arizona College of Optometry to become an optometrist.