Rachael S. Allen, Ph.D., is a Research Biologist and a current Career Development Awardee from the Department of Veterans Affairs. She received her B.S. in applied psychology from the Georgia Institute of Technology and her Ph.D. in neuroscience from Emory University. After completing her graduate studies, Dr. Allen completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Atlanta VA studying diabetic retinopathy. She is mentored by Dr. Machelle Pardue. Dr. Allen currently serves on the Members-In-Training Committee for the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology.
Dr. Allen’s research interests center on detecting and treating early stage diabetic retinopathy, comparing disease pathology and treatment in the retina and brain, and developing neuroprotective strategies for retinal disease. Her current project involves identifying the temporal relationship of retinal, cognitive, and motor deficits in a rat model of Type II diabetes and developing treatments that target the earliest signs of diabetic retinopathy. This research could lead to the identification of a similar window for treatment of preclinical diabetic retinopathy in diabetic patients as well as clinically translatable treatments for diabetes.
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