Research Faculty

Michael A. Grassi, MD

Associate Professor of Ophthalmology, Director, Retinal Chemical Genomics Laboratory University of Illinois College of MedicineDepartment of Ophthalmology
Mailing Address: UIC Department of Ophthalmology 1855 W. Taylor Street, M/C 648 Chicago IL 60612 Work Phone: (312) 413-7347
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Biographical Info

Michael A. Grassi, MD

Michael A. Grassi, MD

Associate Professor of Ophthalmology
Director, Retinal Chemical Genomics Laboratory

The aim of Dr. Grassi’s research program is to use genomics in a multi-faceted and interdisciplinary, systems-oriented approach to understand the molecular basis of common blinding retinal conditions, such as diabetic retinopathy, age-related macular degeneration and retinitis pigmentosa. He has funding from the NIH for a project, “Genomic and Genetic Studies of Diabetic Retinopathy,” as well as substantial private foundation support for his research. He joined the department in 2010.


BS Magna cum Laude—University of Southern Indiana, Phi Beta Kappa
MD—Northwestern University Medical School, Alpha Omega Alpha
Residency—University of Iowa
Fellowship in Medical Retina—University of Iowa
Fellowship in Molecular Ophthalmology—University of Iowa

Categories: Ophthalmology, Ophthalmology Research Faculty