Dr. Judith west-mays  

Judith West-Mays is a Professor in the Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine, was recruited to McMaster in 2002 from the Tufts Center for Vision Research, Tufts University and New England Medical Center in Boston, where she held a prestigious Career Award from Research to Prevent Blindness. Her expertise is in molecular biology and genetics of vision and she was awarded two major grants from the NIH for investigating genes and molecular mechanisms involved in eye development and ocular disease, with emphasis on genes causing cataracts, glaucoma and retinal disease. Dr. West-Mays has also embarked on a collaborative endeavour with the Centre for Gene Therapeutics at McMaster in developing approaches for therapeutic gene transfer in the treatment of eye disease. Dr. West-Mays has given numerous invited lectures, sits on a number of grant review panels including those for the NIH, and has been a guest editor for a number of journals including Investigative Ophthalmology and Vision Science (IOVS). She has published extensively in high level peer-reviewed journals including PNAS, Molecular Cell Biology and Developmental Biology.