Nagaraj Kerur, DVM, PhD
Nagaraj Kerur is an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at University of Virginia whose lab is based in the Center for Advanced Vision Science (CAVS) at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. Upon completing training in professional Veterinary Medicine at the University of Agricultural Sciences in India, Nagaraj earned a PhD in Microbiology and Immunology at Chicago's Rosalind Franklin University. He completed his postdoc training with Jayakrishna Ambati at the University of Kentucky in 2015, with support from Beckman Initiative for Macular Research (BIMR) and NIH's pathway to Independence award (K99/R00) and then joined the faculty in 2015. In 2016, he came to University of Virginia as an Assistant Professor to continue the research program in inflammatory mechanism of aging and age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
Daipayan Banerjee, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Daipayan is from Kolkata, India. He graduated from West Bengal University of Technology, India with a Bachelor’s in Technology degree in Biotechnology, then attended the University of Kentucky where he earned his PhD in Biology with a focus on understanding protein motifs of cofactors that regulate the function of enzymes in biological pathways. During his postdoctoral tenure in Dr. Mariana Karakashian’s laboratory in the Physiology Department (UKY) Daipayan studied how pro-inflammatory cytokines regulate hepatic gene expression during aging using rat and mammalian cell culture system. He joined Dr. Nagaraj Kerur’s laboratory in October 2015 and is investigating the role of inflammatory signaling pathways in the pathogenesis of age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
Outside of the lab, Daipayan enjoys sunshine, good food and music. He looks forward to playing with his little daughter Aarini and spending time with his lovely wife Swagata.
Elizabeth Ghias, MS
Lab Specialist 1
Elizabeth is from McLean, Virginia and received dual Bachelor’s of Science degrees in Chemistry and Biology from American University. She then attended the University of Virginia for her Master’s degree, where she studied epigenetics, focusing on the role of chromatin modifiers in glioblastoma and breast cancer. Elizabeth joined the Kerur lab in August 2016. In her free time, Elizabeth enjoys baking, reading, hiking, and spending time with her really cute dog.