Valentina Reffatto, PhD, is a research scientist for the department of Ophthalmology with the Eye and Ear Research Center. Dr. Reffatto obtained her PhD from the King’s College London, and conducted her ophthalmology postdoctoral training at the world renowned Moorfields Eye Hospital, University College London (UCL). At UCL she worked with a prominent team of internationally renowned experts and active leaders of the field, and successfully developed a novel imaging method to analyze sub-retinal deposits, which led to the publication of a PNAS paper. Dr. Reffatto progressed her research in age related macular degeneration at the University of Tubingen, Germany before joining UTMB in 2014.
Dr. Reffatto’s present research interests include the effect of neuroprotection on Glaucoma progression, and the mechanism of retinal pathologies development. She has also been involved in the development of novel intraocular drug delivery systems. Dr, Reffatto work has been well recognized, and she has received awards from regional and international conferences.
Dr. Reffatto’s passion is teaching. She has been training and mentoring medical students participating in research projects with the Eye and Ear Research Center. In her career she has supervised more than 20 students, supporting two graduates’ students during their final dissertation.