UVA Honors Faculty for Their Research and Scholarship: Jayakrishna Ambati, School of Medicine

March 17, 2022 by Elizabeth

Picture of Dr. J. Ambati

Jayakrishna Ambati, MD

A dynamic, innovative and creative physician-scientist and a preeminent leader in the field of macular degeneration research, Jayakrishna Ambati’s innovative applications of data science have revealed a slew of surprising drug-disease links and have provided novel insights into therapies for diseases. His surprising discovery that anti-retrovirals have anti-inflammatory effects that can be exploited in treating degenerative diseases has paved the way for rapid repurposing.

Ambati is an NIH Director’s Pioneer Award winner and an elected fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Association of American Physicians and the American Society for Clinical Investigation.

“His lab continues to innovate in multiple areas by leading the field with outstanding, rigorous and creative ideas that are bringing us to the cusp of a comprehensive understanding of [atrophic macular degeneration] pathogenesis, and simultaneously translating this work to benefit patients,” said Maria B. Grant Eivor, chair and professor in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s School of Medicine.


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