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Lab Members


  • Principal Investigator

    Professor Emeritus of Surgery (Gross Anatomy)

    Dr. Rizzolo received his Ph.D. in biochemistry from Duke University in 1977. He received postdoctoral training in biochemistry at Harvard Medical School and in cell biology at the New York University School of Medicine. He received further training in pedagogy and curriculum development at the Harvard-Macy Institute and is a Gallup-Certified strengths coach. Rizzolo joined the Yale faculty in 1993 where he has served as the Director of Medical Sciences for the Section of Anatomy, and Course Director of Human Anatomy and Development. He developed “Anatomy Clinic”, an online guide for training clinical students that is used worldwide. Rizzolo holds joint appointments in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science and the Yale Stem Cell Center. His current research focuses on stem cell approaches to studying retinal degenerations, such as age-related macular degeneration. He is a Fellow of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, and serves on the editorial boards of Anatomical Sciences Education and Molecular Vision. Rizzolo was the liaison between the American Association of Anatomists and the Anatomical Society of Ireland and Great Britain. He currently advises the Peking Union Medical College on curricular development.
  • Co-Investigator

    Emeritus Faculty; Director of the Retina and Macula Service

    Dr. Adelman is the Director of the Retina and Macula Service at Yale School of Medicine.  He is an internationally recognized expert in diseases and surgery of macula, retina and vitreous and serves as the President of the Connecticut State Medical Society (CSMS) and Scientific Director of the European Vitreo-Retinal Society (EVRS).  Dr. Adelman has served as the President of Connecticut Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons (CSEP) and President of the New Haven County Medical Association (NHCMA).  He has been invited faculty in 15 countries including Germany, Italy, Spain, Poland, Mexico and Canada.  His clinical interests include macular holes and puckers, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, complex retinal detachments, retinal vein occlusion, retinal lasers and surgery.  He has described new disorders and has introduced a novel surgery for macular holes that is currently being utilized worldwide. He has received the “Senior Honor Award” of the American Society of Retina Specialists and the “Senior Achievement Award” of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.  He has been recognized by the Lions of Connecticut as “Knight of the Blind” for “outstanding work throughout the state and in the global community.”  Dr. Adelman’s education includes a Master of Public Health from the University of California at Berkeley, an Ophthalmology Residency and a Retina Fellowship at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary of Harvard Medical School.  During his fellowship at Harvard University, he received many awards, including the Club Vit Fellow Research Award, the Ron G. Michels Fellowship Award, and Fellow of the Year 2000.  He has been at the forefront of new advancements in macular and retinal diseases and has been Principal Investigator of numerous clinical trials.  Dr. Adelman has published extensively, primarily in the area of retinal and macular diseases and surgery, with over 400 publications and abstracts.  He serves on the editorial board of several scientific journals and serves on the Executive Committees of several medical societies.