Biju Thomas, PhD

Title(s)Associate Professor of Research Ophthalmology
SchoolKeck School of Medicine of Usc
AddressHMR 1333 San Pablo St., MMR 123
Health Sciences Campus
Los Angeles CA 90089-9224
Phone+1 323 442 5593
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    University of KeralaPhD1997Behavioral Neuroscience
    University of LouisvillePostdoctoral Fellowship2001Retinal Transplant Program

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    1. Unveiling Drivers of Retinal Degeneration in RCS Rats: Functional, Morphological, and Molecular Insights. Int J Mol Sci. 2024 Mar 28; 25(7). Ahluwalia K, Du Z, Martinez-Camarillo JC, Naik A, Thomas BB, Pollalis D, Lee SY, Dave P, Zhou E, Li Z, Chester C, Humayun MS, Louie SG. PMID: 38612560; PMCID: PMC11011632.
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    2. Measuring spatial visual loss in rats by retinotopic mapping of the superior colliculus using a novel multi-electrode array technique. J Neurosci Methods. 2024 Feb 23; 110095. Rajendran Nair DS, Camarillo JC, Lu G, Thomas BB. PMID: 38403001.
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    3. Ultrasound Flow Imaging Study on Rat Brain with Ultrasound and Light Stimulations. Bioengineering (Basel). 2024 Feb 10; 11(2). Zhang J, Gong C, Yang Z, Wei F, Sun X, Ji J, Zeng Y, Chang CF, Liu X, Nair DSR, Thomas BB, Zhou Q. PMID: 38391660; PMCID: PMC10886342.
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    4. Scaling up polarized RPE cell supernatant production on parylene membrane. Exp Eye Res. 2024 Mar; 240:109789. Pollalis D, Calle AG, Martinez-Camarillo JC, Ahluwalia K, Hinman C, Mitra D, Lebkowski J, Lee SY, Thomas BB, Ahmed F, Chan V, Junge JA, Fraser S, Louie S, Humayun M. PMID: 38242423.
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    5. Ultrasound Concave 2-D Ring Array for Retinal Stimulation. IEEE Trans Ultrason Ferroelectr Freq Control. 2023 11; 70(11):1527-1535. Lu JY, Lu G, Thomas BB, Humayun MS, Zhou Q. PMID: 37792653; PMCID: PMC10657748.
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    6. Author Correction: An extraocular electrical stimulation approach to slow down the progression of retinal degeneration in an animal model. Sci Rep. 2023 Oct 23; 13(1):18120. Gonzalez Calle A, Paknahad J, Pollalis D, Kosta P, Thomas B, Tew BY, Salhia B, Louie S, Lazzi G, Humayun M. PMID: 37872269; PMCID: PMC10593823.
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    7. An extraocular electrical stimulation approach to slow down the progression of retinal degeneration in an animal model. Sci Rep. 2023 09 23; 13(1):15924. Gonzalez Calle A, Paknahad J, Pollalis D, Kosta P, Thomas B, Tew BY, Salhia B, Louie S, Lazzi G, Humayun M. PMID: 37741821; PMCID: PMC10517961.
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    8. Polarized RPE Secretome Preserves Photoreceptors in Retinal Dystrophic RCS Rats. Cells. 2023 06 22; 12(13). Ahluwalia K, Martinez-Camarillo JC, Thomas BB, Naik A, Gonzalez-Calle A, Pollalis D, Lebkowski J, Lee SY, Mitra D, Louie SG, Humayun MS. PMID: 37443724; PMCID: PMC10340490.
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    9. Non-Invasive Hybrid Ultrasound Stimulation of Visual Cortex In Vivo. Bioengineering (Basel). 2023 May 10; 10(5). Gong C, Li R, Lu G, Ji J, Zeng Y, Chen J, Chang C, Zhang J, Xia L, Nair DSR, Thomas BB, Song BJ, Humayun MS, Zhou Q. PMID: 37237647; PMCID: PMC10215307.
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    10. Development of a Surgical Technique for Subretinal Implants in Rats. J Vis Exp. 2022 Dec 02; (190). Martinez Camarillo JC, Hu Y, Thomas BB, Zhu D, Hinton DR, Mitra D, Mora Correa JM, Rajendran Nair DS, Lebkowski J, Humayun MS. PMID: 36533846.
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    11. Ultrasound Retinal Stimulation: A Mini-Review of Recent Developments. IEEE Trans Ultrason Ferroelectr Freq Control. 2022 12; 69(12):3224-3231. Lu G, Qian X, Gong C, Ji J, Thomas BB, Humayun MS, Zhou Q. PMID: 36343006; PMCID: PMC10424795.
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    12. A New Optokinetic Testing Method to Measure Rat Vision. J Vis Exp. 2022 07 27; (185). Ahmed F, Rajendran Nair DS, Thomas BB. PMID: 35969051; PMCID: PMC10081576.
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    13. Noninvasive Ultrasound Retinal Stimulation for Vision Restoration at High Spatiotemporal Resolution. BME Front. 2022; 2022:9829316. Qian X, Lu G, Thomas BB, Li R, Chen X, Shung KK, Humayun M, Zhou Q. PMID: 37850175; PMCID: PMC10521738.
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    14. Stem Cell-based Treatment Strategies for Degenerative Diseases of the Retina. Curr Stem Cell Res Ther. 2022; 17(3):214-225. Nair DSR, Thomas BB. PMID: 34348629; PMCID: PMC9129886.
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    15. Long-Term Transplant Effects of iPSC-RPE Monolayer in Immunodeficient RCS Rats. Cells. 2021 10 29; 10(11). Rajendran Nair DS, Zhu D, Sharma R, Martinez Camarillo JC, Bharti K, Hinton DR, Humayun MS, Thomas BB. PMID: 34831174; PMCID: PMC8616297.
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    16. Co-grafts of Human Embryonic Stem Cell Derived Retina Organoids and Retinal Pigment Epithelium for Retinal Reconstruction in Immunodeficient Retinal Degenerate Royal College of Surgeons Rats. Front Neurosci. 2021; 15:752958. Thomas BB, Lin B, Martinez-Camarillo JC, Zhu D, McLelland BT, Nistor G, Keirstead HS, Humayun MS, Seiler MJ. PMID: 34764853; PMCID: PMC8576198.
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    17. Xeno-free cryopreservation of adherent retinal pigmented epithelium yields viable and functional cells in vitro and in vivo. Sci Rep. 2021 03 18; 11(1):6286. Pennington BO, Bailey JK, Faynus MA, Hinman C, Hee MN, Ritts R, Nadar V, Zhu D, Mitra D, Martinez-Camarillo JC, Lin TC, Thomas BB, Hinton DR, Humayun MS, Lebkowski J, Johnson LV, Clegg DO. PMID: 33737600; PMCID: PMC7973769.
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    18. Tissue Engineering Strategies for Retina Regeneration. Appl Sci (Basel). 2021 Mar; 11(5). Nair DSR, Seiler MJ, Patel KH, Thomas V, Camarillo JCM, Humayun MS, Thomas BB. PMID: 35251703; PMCID: PMC8896578.
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    19. Transcranial Focused Ultrasound for Noninvasive Neuromodulation of the Visual Cortex. IEEE Trans Ultrason Ferroelectr Freq Control. 2021 01; 68(1):21-28. Lu G, Qian X, Castillo J, Li R, Jiang L, Lu H, Kirk Shung K, Humayun MS, Thomas BB, Zhou Q. PMID: 32746196; PMCID: PMC8153235.
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    20. Retina Organoid Transplants Develop Photoreceptors and Improve Visual Function in RCS Rats With RPE Dysfunction. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2020 09 01; 61(11):34. Lin B, McLelland BT, Aramant RB, Thomas BB, Nistor G, Keirstead HS, Seiler MJ. PMID: 32945842; PMCID: PMC7509771.
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    21. Relation of Retinal Oxygen Measures to Electrophysiology and Survival Indicators after Permanent, Incomplete Ischemia in Rats. Transl Stroke Res. 2020 12; 11(6):1273-1286. Matei N, Leahy S, Auvazian S, Thomas B, Blair NP, Shahidi M. PMID: 32207038; PMCID: PMC7511444.
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    22. A new immunodeficient retinal dystrophic rat model for transplantation studies using human-derived cells. Graefes Arch Clin Exp Ophthalmol. 2018 Nov; 256(11):2113-2125. Thomas BB, Zhu D, Lin TC, Kim YC, Seiler MJ, Martinez-Camarillo JC, Lin B, Shad Y, Hinton DR, Humayun MS. PMID: 30215097.
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    23. Transplanted hESC-Derived Retina Organoid Sheets Differentiate, Integrate, and Improve Visual Function in Retinal Degenerate Rats. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2018 05 01; 59(6):2586-2603. McLelland BT, Lin B, Mathur A, Aramant RB, Thomas BB, Nistor G, Keirstead HS, Seiler MJ. PMID: 29847666; PMCID: PMC5968836.
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    24. A bioengineered retinal pigment epithelial monolayer for advanced, dry age-related macular degeneration. Sci Transl Med. 2018 04 04; 10(435). Kashani AH, Lebkowski JS, Rahhal FM, Avery RL, Salehi-Had H, Dang W, Lin CM, Mitra D, Zhu D, Thomas BB, Hikita ST, Pennington BO, Johnson LV, Clegg DO, Hinton DR, Humayun MS. PMID: 29618560.
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    25. Assessment of Safety and Functional Efficacy of Stem Cell-Based Therapeutic Approaches Using Retinal Degenerative Animal Models. Stem Cells Int. 2017; 2017:9428176. Lin TC, Seiler MJ, Zhu D, Falabella P, Hinton DR, Clegg DO, Humayun MS, Thomas BB. PMID: 28928775; PMCID: PMC5592015.
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    26. Vision Recovery and Connectivity by Fetal Retinal Sheet Transplantation in an Immunodeficient Retinal Degenerate Rat Model. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2017 01 01; 58(1):614-630. Seiler MJ, Lin RE, McLelland BT, Mathur A, Lin B, Sigman J, De Guzman AT, Kitzes LM, Aramant RB, Thomas BB. PMID: 28129425; PMCID: PMC6020716.
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    27. Subretinal implantation of a monolayer of human embryonic stem cell-derived retinal pigment epithelium: a feasibility and safety study in Yucatán minipigs. Graefes Arch Clin Exp Ophthalmol. 2016 Aug; 254(8):1553-1565. Koss MJ, Falabella P, Stefanini FR, Pfister M, Thomas BB, Kashani AH, Brant R, Zhu D, Clegg DO, Hinton DR, Humayun MS. PMID: 27335025.
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    28. Survival and Functionality of hESC-Derived Retinal Pigment Epithelium Cells Cultured as a Monolayer on Polymer Substrates Transplanted in RCS Rats. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2016 05 01; 57(6):2877-87. Thomas BB, Zhu D, Zhang L, Thomas PB, Hu Y, Nazari H, Stefanini F, Falabella P, Clegg DO, Hinton DR, Humayun MS. PMID: 27233037.
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    29. Long-term evaluation of Leber's hereditary optic neuropathy-like symptoms in rotenone administered rats. Neurosci Lett. 2015 Jan 12; 585:171-6. Zhang L, Liu L, Philip AL, Martinez JC, Guttierez JC, Marella M, Patki G, Matsuno-Yagi A, Yagi T, Thomas BB. PMID: 25481764; PMCID: PMC4295626.
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    30. Subretinal implantation of retinal pigment epithelial cells derived from human embryonic stem cells: improved survival when implanted as a monolayer. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2013 Jul 26; 54(7):5087-96. Diniz B, Thomas P, Thomas B, Ribeiro R, Hu Y, Brant R, Ahuja A, Zhu D, Liu L, Koss M, Maia M, Chader G, Hinton DR, Humayun MS. PMID: 23833067; PMCID: PMC3726243.
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    31. In vivo detection of hESC-RPE cells via confocal near-infrared fundus reflectance. Ophthalmic Surg Lasers Imaging Retina. 2013 Jul-Aug; 44(4):380-4. Ribeiro RM, Oregon A, Diniz B, Fernandes RB, Koss MJ, Charafeddin W, Hu Y, Thomas P, Thomas BB, Maia M, Chader GJ, Hinton DR, Humayun MS. PMID: 23883533.
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    32. A novel approach for subretinal implantation of ultrathin substrates containing stem cell-derived retinal pigment epithelium monolayer. Ophthalmic Res. 2012; 48(4):186-91. Hu Y, Liu L, Lu B, Zhu D, Ribeiro R, Diniz B, Thomas PB, Ahuja AK, Hinton DR, Tai YC, Hikita ST, Johnson LV, Clegg DO, Thomas BB, Humayun MS. PMID: 22868580.
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    33. Successful amelioration of mitochondrial optic neuropathy using the yeast NDI1 gene in a rat animal model. PLoS One. 2010 Jul 08; 5(7):e11472. Marella M, Seo BB, Thomas BB, Matsuno-Yagi A, Yagi T. PMID: 20628600; PMCID: PMC2900204.
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    34. Modulatory influence of stimulus parameters on optokinetic head-tracking response. Neurosci Lett. 2010 Jul 26; 479(2):92-6. Thomas BB, Shi D, Khine K, Kim LA, Sadda SR. PMID: 20488227; PMCID: PMC3995157.
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    35. Retinal transplants restore visual responses: trans-synaptic tracing from visually responsive sites labels transplant neurons. Eur J Neurosci. 2008 Jul; 28(1):208-20. Seiler MJ, Thomas BB, Chen Z, Wu R, Sadda SR, Aramant RB. PMID: 18662343.
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    36. BDNF-treated retinal progenitor sheets transplanted to degenerate rats: improved restoration of visual function. Exp Eye Res. 2008 Jan; 86(1):92-104. Seiler MJ, Thomas BB, Chen Z, Arai S, Chadalavada S, Mahoney MJ, Sadda SR, Aramant RB. PMID: 17983616; PMCID: PMC3074939.
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    37. Structure and function of embryonic rat retinal sheet transplants. Curr Eye Res. 2007 Sep; 32(9):781-9. Peng Q, Thomas BB, Aramant RB, Chen Z, Sadda SR, Seiler MJ. PMID: 17882711.
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    38. Visual functional effects of constant blue light in a retinal degenerate rat model. Photochem Photobiol. 2007 May-Jun; 83(3):759-65. Thomas BB, Seiler MJ, Aramant RB, Samant D, Qiu G, Vyas N, Arai S, Chen Z, Sadda SR. PMID: 17115798.
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    39. Revisiting nestin expression in retinal progenitor cells in vitro and after transplantation in vivo. Exp Eye Res. 2007 Jun; 84(6):1047-59. Qiu G, Seiler MJ, Thomas BB, Wu K, Radosevich M, Sadda SR. PMID: 17451684.
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    40. Behavioral evaluation of visual function of rats using a visual discrimination apparatus. J Neurosci Methods. 2007 May 15; 162(1-2):84-90. Thomas BB, Samant DM, Seiler MJ, Aramant RB, Sheikholeslami S, Zhang K, Chen Z, Sadda SR. PMID: 17289151; PMCID: PMC3074943.
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    41. Retinal transplantation. A treatment strategy for retinal degenerative diseases. Adv Exp Med Biol. 2006; 572:367-76. Thomas BB, Aramant RB, Sadda SR, Seiler MJ. PMID: 17249598.
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    42. Light response differences in the superior colliculus of albino and pigmented rats. Neurosci Lett. 2005 Sep 09; 385(2):143-7. Thomas BB, Aramant RB, Sadda SR, Seiler MJ. PMID: 15950381.
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    43. Retinal transplants evaluated by optical coherence tomography in photoreceptor degenerate rats. J Neurosci Methods. 2006 Mar 15; 151(2):186-93. Thomas BB, Arai S, Ikai Y, Qiu G, Chen Z, Aramant RB, Sadda SR, Seiler MJ. PMID: 16129495.
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    44. Transsynaptic virus tracing from host brain to subretinal transplants. Eur J Neurosci. 2005 Jan; 21(1):161-72. Seiler MJ, Sagdullaev BT, Woch G, Thomas BB, Aramant RB. PMID: 15654853.
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    45. Optokinetic test to evaluate visual acuity of each eye independently. J Neurosci Methods. 2004 Sep 30; 138(1-2):7-13. Thomas BB, Seiler MJ, Sadda SR, Coffey PJ, Aramant RB. PMID: 15325106.
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    46. Superior colliculus responses to light - preserved by transplantation in a slow degeneration rat model. Exp Eye Res. 2004 Jul; 79(1):29-39. Thomas BB, Seiler MJ, Sadda SR, Aramant RB. PMID: 15183098.
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