Cynthia Grosskreutz, MD, PhD
Dr. Cynthia Grosskreutz is an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and the Co-Director of the Glaucoma Service at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Harvard Medical School. She received her undergraduate degree in Physics from Washington University in St. Louis and a Master’s degree in Physics from the University of Iowa. She received her MD and PhD in Pharmacology also from the University of Iowa and completed her ophthalmology residency and glaucoma fellowship at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Harvard Medical school.
As a Brookdale National Fellow, Dr. Grosskreutz is studying the cellular basis for vision loss in glaucoma. Glaucoma is a leading cause of irreversible blindness in the U.S. and disproportionately affects the elderly. Although it has been known for some time that retinal ganglion cells are the specific cells within the eye affected by glaucoma, the reason for their demise in glaucoma is unknown. In particular, Dr. Grosskreutz will examine the apoptotic cell suicide pathway in retinal ganglion cells in an animal model of glaucoma. It is hoped that the information gained from these studies will lead to improvement in our ability to treat glaucoma with the ultimate goal of interrupting the cellular events that lead to blindness in glaucoma.
Brookdale Fellow Class of 1999