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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

Academic Appointments
Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology, School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences at Tufts University

Current Research Projects
 USDA-ARS: Vision, Aging, and Nutrition
BrightFocus Foundation: Role of the gut microbiota in a mouse model of AMD