Biography Dr. Sheldon Rowan is Scientist II on the Nutrition and Vision Team at the HNRCA. He researches the role of dietary carbohydrates in the development of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and its relationship to aging, metabolism and the gut microbiome; novel biomarkers for AMD; and the developmental and biochemical bases of cataract formation. He demonstrated that mice fed diets high in low-quality carbohydrates (high glycemic diets) develop features relevant to age-related macular degeneration and that shifting to a high-quality carbohydrate diet could prevent the development of this debilitating disease. He also discovered that a healthy diet could reverse glycemic and age-related damage to the eyes, and identified families of microbiota and classes of molecules closely associated with age-related macular degeneration. He is Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at Tufts University School of Medicine. Dr. Rowan is a member of the American Society for Nutrition and the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from McMaster University in Canada and his Ph.D. from Harvard University. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
Ph.D., Genetics, Harvard University
B.Sc., Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, McMaster University, Canada