Simon Petersen-Jones BVetMed DVetMed PhD DVOphthal DipECVO MRCVS
Donald R Myers and William E Dunlap Endowed Chair in Canine Health
Professor, Comparative Ophthalmology
College of Veterinary Medicine
Michigan State University
Simon Petersen-Jones obtained his veterinary degree from the Royal Veterinary College, University of London where he also trained as their first veterinary ophthalmology resident. He obtained the UK specialist veterinary ophthalmology qualification (Diploma in Veterinary Ophthalmology) and also a research DVetMed degree by thesis. Post-residency he spent 6 years as Head of the ophthalmology service at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies at Edinburgh University. He then moved to Cambridge University as a Wellcome Trust Veterinary Career Development Fellow. During that time he completed a PhD studying the molecular genetics of progressive retinal atrophy in dogs. He has served as Chief Panellist of the British Veterinary Association/Kennel Club/International Sheepdog Society Eye Scheme and is a past President of the International Society of Veterinary Ophthalmologists and is a diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists. He has been awarded the Pfizer Academic Award to recognize excellence of young British research scientists, the BSAVA Simon Award for contributions in the field of veterinary surgery and the Pfizer Award for Research Excellence at Michigan State University. He has been at Michigan State University since 1998. His laboratory studies hereditary eye diseases in a variety of animal species with a particular interest in identifying causal gene mutations, performing detailed disease phenotyping including the identification of disease mechanisms, and the development of gene, drug and cell therapy. The gene therapy work performed in his laboratory dogs has been important in the development and refinement of a gene therapy program for the treatment of the childhood blindness, Leber congenital amaurosis.