Pete received his BSc (Hons) in Biomedical Sciences – Neuroscience and PhD in Visual Neuroscience and Molecular Biology from Cardiff University, Wales under the mentorship of Profs. James Morgan and Marcela Votruba before undertaking his postdoctoral training in the laboratory of HHMI investigator Prof. Simon WM John at The Jackson Laboratory, ME, USA. Pete is an Assistant Professor in Medical Sciences in the Dept. of Clinical Neuroscience, Division of Eye and Vision at the Karolinska Institutet and a Research Group Leader at S:t Eriks Ögonsjukhus (St Erik Eye Hospital). Current C.V. [pdf]
James Tribble, PhD – Postdoctoral Researcher
James received his BSc (Hons) in Medical Pharmacology and PhD in Visual Neuroscience and Molecular Biology from Cardiff University, Wales before undertaking his initial postdoctoral training in the lab of Prof. James Morgan at the School of Optometry and Vision Sciences, Cardiff University where his work has focused on early dendrite and synapse refinement during glaucoma using human patient and glaucoma animal model tissues. James joined the Pete Williams Lab in 2018 to further his postdoctoral education where his work focuses on the early mechanisms in glaucoma and treatments that intersect these mechanisms. Current C.V. [pdf]
Gloria Cimaglia, MSc – PhD Student
Gloria received her BSc in Biology – Biomedicine from the University of Rome (La Sapienza) in 2014 and her MSc in Biomedicine from the University of Southern Denmark in in 2017. She joined the Pete Williams Lab in 2019 as a PhD student through Cardiff University, School of Optometry and Vision Sciences with joint supervision from Profs. James Morgan, Marcela Votruba, and Pete Williams on a Fight For Sight UK scholarship. Gloria’s research will explore the role of NAD in dendritic and axonal neuroprotection in glaucoma.
Amin Otmani, MD – Research Assistant
Amin received his Masters degree in 2012 in Immunology and Development from Aix-Marseille University, France before training in the lab of Prof. Frederick W. Alt at Harvard Medical School and Prof. Qiang Pan-Hammarström at Karolinska Institutet where he focused on genomic instability in hemopathies. In 2018 he completed his Medical degree from Aix-Marseille University. Amin joined the Pete Williams Lab in 2019 to focus on mitochondrial and metabolic changes in glaucoma and to explore different options to modulate these. Current C.V. [pdf]
Avan Albrznje – MSc Student
Avan received her BSc in Medical Sciences with a major in Biomedicine from Karolinska Institutet in 2015 performing her Bachelor’s thesis on cytotoxic T-cell proteomics and cancer immunotherapy. She is currently pursuing an MSc in Forensic Science at the University of Uppsala. She joined the Pete Williams Lab in 2020 as an MSc student to explore NAD as a treatment target for age-related macular degeneration.
Melissa Jöe – MSc Student
Melissa is currently pursuing an MSc in Chemical Engineering at Uppsala University, specializing in development of pharmaceuticals. She joined the Pete Williams Lab in 2020 as an MSc student to develop semi-high-throughput NAD assay screening for novel NAD-generating small molecules in liver, brain, and retina tissue.