Professor of Ophthalmology
Research (Basic Science) Section
Dr. Boatright is a graduate of Brown University (ScB in Neural Sciences and Experimental Psychology) and Emory University (PhD in Pharmacology and the Neurosciences Training Program). He joined the faculty of the Department of Ophthalmology in 1999, conducting research on the regulation of retinal gene expression funded by an independent R01 grant from the National Institutes of Health National Eye Institute (NIH NEI). This research, also funded by an independent NEI R01, expanded into using endogenous DNA repair mechanisms to treat genetic mutations that lead to blindness.
In a separate project, Dr. Boatright uses in vivo pharmacological approaches to explore the effects of atypical, endogenous compounds on animal models of retinal degeneration and glaucoma. This work is funded by the Katz Foundation, Foundation Fighting Blindness, NIH National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NIH NCCAM), and a Merit Award from the Veterans Administration.
Dr. Boatright is founding and current editor-in-chief of Molecular Vision, a peer-reviewed online journal dedicated to the dissemination of research results in molecular biology, cell biology and the genetics of the visual system. The journal is rated second in a field of 14 competing journals and is routinely used as an open access exemplar by the National Library of Medicine and The National Institutes of Health Library. The journal is supported by Knights Templar and through initiatives generated in the Department of Ophthalmology.
Dr. Boatright was elected president of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO), the premier vision research organization in the United States. He assumed the presidency in 2011. In 2012, he was tapped as a Gold Fellow, ARVO's highest honor.
He holds memberships in American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Society for Neuroscience, and the International Society for Eye Research. In 2010, he was tapped as a Silver Fellow of ARVO, an honor that recognizes members for their accomplishments, leadership, and contributions to the Association.
Boatright is principal investigator (PI) or co-investigator in four NEI grants and four private foundation grants.
Emory University, Atlanta GA: 1986-1992
Emory University, Atlanta GA: 1992-1995
Emory University, Atlanta, GA: 1996-1999
Emory University, Atlanta GA: 1999-2005
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