Kaustabh Ghosh

Associate Professor-in-Residence, Ophthalmology, University of California Los Angeles


Doheny Eye Institute, Rm 417
1355 San Pablo St
Los Angeles, CA 90033 Stein Eye Institute BH-755C
100 Stein Plaza Driveway
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Our research aims to understand the mechanobiology of retinal vascular inflammation and degeneration in eye diseases, specifically diabetic retinopathy (DR) and age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Currently, DR and AMD are clinically managed only in their advanced stages that are marked by excessive multiplication and leakiness of blood vessels in the inner and outer retina, respectively. However, there is growing recognition that more effective treatment of these conditions is possible by tackling them in the early stages when these blood vessels degenerate. We are taking a multidisciplinary approach to understand and prevent this early loss of blood vessels in diabetes and aging. Integrating the principles of vascular biology, mechanobiology, inflammation, and bioengineering, our work has introduced a new paradigm that implicates vascular 'stiffness' as a crucial determinant of vascular degeneration associated with early DR and AMD. Our ongoing studies aim to identify the factors that alter vascular stiffness in the eye and uncover the mechanobiological mechanisms by which altered stiffness causes vascular loss in diabetes and aging. These studies, funded by the National Eye Institute/NIH and private foundations, have the potential to identify new classes of drugs that restore normal vascular stiffness and function in the eye and thereby block DR and AMD progression in their early stages.

Awards and Honors

  • Undergraduate Merit Scholarship, National Institute of Technology, Warangal, INDIA, 2001.
  • Outstanding Educator Award, Orange County Engineering Council, CA, 2016.
  • President’s Award to Distinguished Doctoral Students, Stony Brook University (SUNY), 2006.
  • Outstanding Mentor Award, Siemens Foundation, 2004.
  • Catalyst Award for Innovative Research Approaches for AMD, Research to Prevent Blindness/IRRF, 2022.
  • Regents Faculty Development Award, University of California, 2017.
  • Lindbergh Lecturer, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2011.
  • Graduate Student Scholarship, New Jersey Center for Biomaterials, 2004.
  • Regents Faculty Fellowship, University of California, 2013.
  • Hellman Fellowship, Hellman Foundation, 2014.
  • Featured Scientist, BrightFocus Foundation, 2017.