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Robert Wojciechowski, PhD

Co-Principal Director, Eye and Vision Genomics Training Program

Assistant Professor

Departmental Affiliation(s):

Epidemiology
School of Medicine (Joint)

Center & Institute Affiliation(s):

Contact Information

615 N. Wolfe Street
Room E6516
Baltimore , Maryland   21205
US        

410-614-5041

Education

PhD , Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health , 2007
OD , Ecole d'Optometrie de l'Universite de Montreal , 1990
MSc , Faculté des Etudes Supérieures, Université de Montréal , 1995

Overview

Dr Wojciechowski’s principal research interests are in the genetic characterization of eye disease and vision disorders, as well as in the ocular (and visual) manifestations of systemic disease and neurological impairment.  His current primary research focuses on large-scale genetic association and sequencing studies of human refractive error.  His analyses incorporate genome-level data, measures of environmental exposures, and biological information in order to formulate more comprehensive theories of visual development.

Dr. Wojciechowski also heads the genetic epidemiology component of a family-based study of primary angle-closure glaucoma (PACG) in South India.  PACG is a visually-devastating, and often painful, condition which can lead to irreversible blindness if not promptly treated.

Dr. Wojciechowski has extensive clinical practice and field experience, having worked as a Doctor of Optometry in various settings.  He has practiced in urban areas as well as in remote regions of Northern Canada and Alaska, where he served primarily Native American peoples.  He has also directed several humanitarian eye care missions in Central and South America, and in Haiti.

Dr. Wojciechowski has a longstanding interest in clinical psychophysics of high-order visual functions and ophthalmic imaging.  These areas of investigation are highly technology-dependent, and have not been comprehensively assessed on a population level .   Moreover, the high degree of resolution and large quantities of information obtainable with new technologies should offer greater insight into the biology of ocular disease and visual dysfunction.  Hence, Dr. Wojciechowski favors a convergent multidisciplinary approach to understanding normal visual function, the effects of disease on vision and, ultimately,  on how visual deficits can impact quality of life.  

Honors and Awards

Delta Omega Public Health Honorary Society-Alpha Chapter

Fellowship, American Academy of Optometry (FAAO)

genetic epidemiology, genetics, genomics, vision, visual impairment, blindness, psychophysics, ophthalmic imaging, refractive error, myopia, glaucoma, retina

  • Simpson, CL, Wojciechowski R, Ibay G, Stambolian D, Bailey-Wilson JE. Dissecting the genetic heterogeneity of myopia susceptibility in an Ashkenazi Jewish population using ordered subset analysis. Mol Vis, 2011;17:1641-51. PMCID: PMC3123157

  • Wojciechowski R. Nature and Nurture: The complex genetics of myopia. Invited Review. Clin Genet. 2011 Apr;79(4):301-20. Epub 2010 Dec 13. PMCID: PMC3058260

  • Ervin A, Wojciechowski R, Schein O. Punctal occlusion for dry eye syndrome. (Review) Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2010 Sep 8;(9):CD006775. PMID: 20824852

  • Wojciechowski R, Bailey-Wilson JE, Stambolian D. Association of Matrix Metalloproteinase Gene Polymorphisms with Refractive Error in the Myopia Family Study. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2010 May 19.

  • Lee PJ, Liu CCJ, Wojciechowski R, Bailey-Wilson JE, Cheng CY. Structure-function correlations using scanning laser polarimetry in primary angle-closure glaucoma and primary open angle glaucoma.  Am J Ophthalmol, Epub 2010 March 03