Dr Nusinowitz’s primary research interest is the study of the sites and mechanisms of disease action in inherited eye diseases. Using electrophysiological and psychophysical techniques, he evaluates patients with diseases of the retina and known genetic abnormalities to better understand how specific gene mutations result in the wide spectrum of disease expression. In the laboratory, Dr Nusinowitz studies mice with retinal disease in order to identify new candidate genes that may be involved in human disease, to better understand the pathophysiology of disease associated with specific genetic variants, and to evaluate the efficacy of a variety of therapeutic interventions.
Steven Nusinowitz is a visual physiologist in the Department of Ophthalmology at the Stein Eye Institute where he serves as the Director of the Visual Physiology Laboratory for clinical studies and is Director of the Live Imaging and Functional Evaluation (LIFE) Core for animal studies. He joined Stein Eye as a post-doctoral fellow in 1995 and is now Professor-in Residence at the Stein Eye Institute where he is a member of the Basic Science and the Retinal Degeneration and Ophthalmic Genetics Divisions. Dr Nusinowitz earned his MA and Ph.D. from York University in Toronto, Canada, where his work was focused on the phenomenology of vision and perception. Prior to joining UCLA, Dr Nusinowitz was a post-doctoral fellow at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, University of Florida and at the Retina Foundation of the Southwest, Dallas, Texas, where he studied genotype-phenotype correlations in inherited retinal diseases. Dr Nusinowitz is actively involved in teaching undergraduate and graduate students, as well teaching in the Medical School where he has received several teaching awards. Currently, Dr Nusinowitz’s primary research interest is the study of the sites and mechanisms of disease action in inherited eye diseases. He has received grant support from numerous Foundations and the NEI, and has participated in industry-sponsored research where he has been on Scientific Advisory Boards and Data Safety Monitoring Committees.
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