Alejandra Gonzalez calle

Title(s)Assistant Professor Of Research Ophthalmology
SchoolKeck School of Medicine of Usc
Phone+1 323 442 0099
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    Escuela de Ingeniería de Antioquia, Antioquia, ColombiaBS2010Biomedical Engineering
    USC, Los Angeles, CAMS2013Biomedical Engineering
    USC, Los Angeles, CAPhD2017Biomedical Engineering
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    University of Southern California Viterbi School of Engineering2012Master’s BMES Researcher Award
    USC Office of Postdoctoral Affairs2016EMBC2016 NSF Award for Young Professionals
    USC Office of Postdoctoral Affairs2018USC Provost’s Postdoctoral Scholar Research Grant ($25,000)
    USC Ginsburg Institute for Biomedical Therapeutics2020“Mort” Arditti Award for Excellence

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    Dr. Gonzalez-Calle focuses on applying engineering approaches and discoveries towards addressing retinal disorders with no immediate cures. Her multidisciplinary translational research includes using non-invasive controlled electrical stimulation to induce neuroprotective changes in the retina, which can help slow down the progression of retinal diseases like age-related macular degeneration (AMD), retinitis pigmentosa (RP) and glaucoma (POAG). Additionally, she has worked on the development of a novel reversibly viscous hydrogel to provide a temporary patch to occlude penetrating injuries and prevent further loss of ocular tissue in collaboration with Dr. Whalen. Dr. Gonzalez-Calle is also passionate about clinical research and has experience working closely with patients who have received the retinal prostheses Argus II to study the effect of stimulation parameters on percept color and percept shape with the goal of providing higher resolution prosthetic vision to enable patient independence and improved quality of life.