Current Research Projects • USDA-ARS: Vision, Aging, and Nutrition • BrightFocus Foundation: Role of the gut microbiota in a mouse model of AMD
Biography Dr. Sheldon Rowan is Scientist II in the Nutrition and Vision Laboratory 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.