Dyson Vision Research Institute, Weill Cornell Medical College
Dr. Zan Pan has received his PhD in vision science in State University of New York, College of Optometry during the period of 2004-2010. Currently, he is working as postdoctoral fellow in Weill Cornell Medical College. He is serving as an invited reviewer for several reputed journals like Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, Current Eye Research, Cutaneous and Ocular Toxiology, Journal of Membrane Biology. He has authored over 10 research articles/book chapters in ophthalmic and biophysiology journals. He/she is a member of Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, American Society of Physiology, Sigma Xi. He has received William C. Ezell Fellowship from American Optometric Foundation, ARVO travel fellowship, Ocular Surface Society Travel fellowship and Minnie Flora Turner Memorial Research Fund for the Impaired Vision.
My research focuses on hormonal and ion channels regulation of corneal wound healing and development. Specifically, I investigate the localization, activation, cell signaling of growth factors (EGF, NGF, VEGF) and ion channels/transporters (TRP channel, KCC, NKCC transporters) during corneal wounding, and their impacts on wound recovery including cell proliferation, migration, ocular surface inflammation, neurogenesis. The main goal is to develop therapeutic approaches to enhance corneal wound recovery and to reduce associated ocular complications.