Erika Ellis

Erika Ellis

2019 Cohort

Email: emellis50@ucla.edu
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Alapakkam Sampath

Education

Master of Science in the Visual Sciences and Investigative Ophthalmology (2018) - University of Miami

Doctor of Medicine (2016) - University of California, San Diego

Bachelor of Science in Biological Engineering (2010) - University of Arkansas


Research Interest

I am pursuing a career in academic medicine as a physician-scientist and am currently enrolled in a dual PhD-Ophthalmology Residency program at UCLA. My clinical interests are in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with inherited retinal degenerative diseases. In line with my clinical interests, my research is focused on understanding neuron death and remodeling that occur during retinal degeneration, with the goal of developing new approaches for vision restoration and neuroprotection.