Sayantan Datta, MSc, PhD


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Assistant Professor, Department of Ophthalmology
Emory University School of Medicine
Research Program
Cell and Molecular Biology


Sayantan Datta, MSc, PhD, is Assistant Professor in the Department of Ophthalmology at Emory University School of Medicine. Prior to joining Emory, he was on the faculty at Wilmer Eye Institute of Johns Hopkins Medicine.

Dr. Datta is a member of the Cell and Molecular Biology Research Program at Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University.


Dr. Datta earned his PhD in Human Genetics with focus on mitochondrial DNA defects in cancer cells from Indian Statistical Institute/Jadavpur University, India. He completed his postdoctoral fellowship at Wilmer Eye Institute of Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland.


The Datta lab studies molecular pathophysiology of age-related macular degeneration in retinal pigment epithelial cells. The overarching interest of the lab is to study mitochondrial function (mitophagy) and oxidative stress response in iPSC-RPE using cell biology and 'omics' approach and implementing small-molecule based therapies in mouse models. This research has broad implications in a wide range of age-related diseases like Parkinson disease, Alzheimer disease and various forms of cancer.

Dr. Datta is funded by a K99/R00 Pathway to Independence Grant Award from National Eye Institute of National Institutes of Health.


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