Dr. Artur Cideciyan received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, M.S. and Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from University of Miami, Florida. He joined the University of Miami faculty as a Research Assistant Professor in the Departments of Ophthalmology and Biomedical Engineering. In 1995, he was recruited to University of Pennsylvania where he is now a Research Professor of Ophthalmology. Dr. Cideciyan’s research interests include understanding of disease mechanisms in human hereditary retinal degenerations and evaluation of the outcomes of experimental treatments. He is also involved in examination of animal models, comparison of their phenotype to the human patients, and evaluation of pre-clinical therapeutic strategies in animal models.
Dr. Cideciyan’s expertise involves use of engineering principles together with understanding of visual physiology to design tests, build new equipment or perform new analyses. Research methods of his laboratory include imaging, electrophysiology and psychophysics as well as mathematical modeling and software development. Dr. Cideciyan’s work has been supported by the National Eye Institute, Foundation Fighting Blindness, Research to Prevent Blindness, The Whitaker Foundation as well as several biotech companies.
Dr. Cideciyan has authored more than 180 refereed research articles and reviews, and he has served on review panels of National Eye Institute, National Science Foundation and US Civilian Research & Development Foundation. He has received the Eberhard Dodt Memorial Award from International Society for Clinical Electrophysiology of Vision (ISCEV), the William & Mary Greve Scholar Award and Senior Scientific Investigator Award from Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB). He is the corecipient of the Board of Directors Award from Foundation Fighting Blindness (FFB), and corecipient of the Proctor Award from Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO).