David Pepperberg, PhD

David Pepperberg, PhD

Searls-Schenk Professor in Ophthalmology
Director, Photoreceptor Research Laboratory


Contact Information

Email:  davipepp@uic.edu
Office Phone:  312-996-4262
Lab Phone:  312-996-4272
Lab and Office Location:  LIERI L205


Dr. Pepperberg’s research over the past three decades has focused on molecular and cellular mechanisms that underlie light and dark adaptation in retinal photoreceptors.  He has had virtually continuous funding from NIH since the period of his Predoctoral Traineeship in Biophysics at MIT.  Presently he is PI for an NEI-funded project to develop light-sensitive molecular structures that can function in place of damaged photoreceptors to restore vision lost in photoreceptor degenerative diseases such as age-related macular degeneration.  His current work is also receiving support from the Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Foundation, Hope for Vision, and the Beckman Initiative for Macular Research.   Dr. Pepperberg joined the Department in 1983.  He was named the Searls-Schenk Professor in 2002.

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BS—Massachusetts Institute of Technology
PhD in Biophysics—Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Postdoctoral Research Fellow—Harvard University



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Please click here for a representative list of Dr. Pepperberg's published journal articles.