T.J. Plageman receives OLERF Continuation Award
Assistant Professor T.J. Plageman of The Ohio State University College of Optometry received the 2016 Ohio Lions Eye Research Foundation Continuation Award. His new grant, Characterizing the role of Shroom3 in corneal collagen expression and keratoconus, was awarded for his work in the development of a mouse model of keratoconus, a condition in which the clear tissue on the front of the eye bulges outward.
He will focus on a gene found by his lab to play an important role in collagen production in corneal cells. Because reduced collagen function may be linked to keratoconus, this work will also explore the molecular pathways regulating collagen in the cornea.