ask theory, opthalmology, ryan collantes

Hosted by EIC Mikael Angelo Francisco, Ask Theory shines the spotlight on Pinoy scientific brilliance, in a fun and entertaining “kwentuhan” format. Each episode of Ask Theory  features a Pinoy scientist from one of the various scientific disciplines. In a very casual conversation, guests explain what they do in simple terms, as well as share their fascinating stories: how they got into science, the challenges they face, what motivates them to pursue their fields, what future scientists from the Philippines can look forward to, and so much more.

Episode 66: Maagang Pagkasira Ng Mata Ng Ilang Pinoy: Ano Kaya Ang Dahilan?

Dr. Ryan Collantes is an ophthalmologist who is actively doing research on the genetics of inherited ocular disorders. He is currently a research scientist at the Ocular Genomics Institute at Massachusetts Eye and Ear, a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School.

We talked about juvenile onset open angle glaucoma, the discovery of the novel EFEMP1 mutations in Filipino families, the value of conducting scientific experiments alongside gene-based studies, the significance of Pinoy-focused genetic research, and more.

How to contact Dr. Ryan:

  • Email: ryan_collantes@meei.harvard.edu

Listen to Ask Theory Episode 66 here:

(Full transcript to follow; watch this page for updates)


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Author: Mikael Angelo Francisco

Bitten by the science writing bug, Mikael has years of writing and editorial experience under his belt. As the editor-in-chief of FlipScience, Mikael has sworn to help make science more fun and interesting for geeky readers and casual audiences alike.