Alessandro Iannaccone, M.D., M.S.

Alessandro Iannaccone, M.D., M.S.

Retinal Degeneration & Ophthalmic Genetics Service
Lions Visual Function Diagnostic Lab

Associate Professor
Department of Ophthalmology
The University of Tennessee Health Science Center

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Hamilton Eye Institute
930 Madison Ave, Suite 731 (academic)
930 Madison Ave, Suite 400 (clinical)
Memphis, TN 38163 (USA)
Phone: (901) 448-7831 (academic)
(901) 448-6445/6185 (lab)
(901) 448-1241 (UTMG front desk)
Fax: (901) 448-5028 (UT)/1021 (UTMG)
Email: Alessandro Iannaccone


  • M.D. Institution: University La Sapienza, School of Medicine, Rome, Italy
  • M.S. Institution: (Epidemiology) College of Graduate Health Sciences, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, TN
  • Postdoctoral: (Medical Retina Research) Scheie Eye Institute, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia; (Pediatric Retinal and Optic Nerve Diseases) University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis
  • Residency: School of Ophthalmology, Institute of Ophthalmology, University of Rome, Italy


Research Interests

Presently, stronger emphasis in my research is on 1) inflammatory and autoimmune aspects of age related macular degeneration and panretinal retinopathies; 2) hereditary retinal diseases such as X-linked and dominant retinitis pigmentosa (RP), Leber's congenital amaurosis, Usher syndrome (RP with hearing loss) and Bardet-Biedl syndrome (RP with obesity, polydactyly, and other systemic manifestations); and 3) nutritional influences on macular function and macular pigment.

Recent Publications

  • Peng C, Zeng T, Yu Y, Li L, Wu R. Photocontrolled self-assembly of silica nanoparticles at two scales. J Colloid Interface Sci. 2018 Jul 18;531:160-167. doi: 10.1016/j.jcis.2018.07.054. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 30031258.
  • Kang AY, Park AY, Shin HJ, Khan NA, Maciver SK, Jung SY. Production of a monoclonal antibody against a mannose-binding protein of Acanthamoeba culbertsoni and its localization. Exp Parasitol. 2018 Jul 18. pii: S0014-4894(18)30166-8. doi: 10.1016/j.exppara.2018.07.009. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 30031120.
  • Federico-Perez RA, Xue ZL. Optical probe for the analysis of trace indole in shrimp. Anal Biochem. 2018 Jul 18. pii: S0003-2697(18)30250-1. doi: 10.1016/j.ab.2018.07.011. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 30030995.
  • Lowry M, Bryant J. Blue is in the Eye of the Beholder: A Cross-Linguistic Study on Color Perception and Memory. J Psycholinguist Res. 2018 Jul 20. doi: 10.1007/s10936-018-9597-0. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 30030779.
  • An Y, Zou Y, Cao Y, Yao M, Ma N, Wu Y, Yang J, Liu H, Zhang B. The nuclear GSK-3β regulated post-transcriptional processing of mRNA through phosphorylation of SC35. Mol Cell Biochem. 2018 Jul 20. doi: 10.1007/s11010-018-3393-x. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 30030778.
  • Somekh I, Marquardt B, Liu Y, Rohlfs M, Hollizeck S, Karakukcu M, Unal E, Yilmaz E, Patiroglu T, Cansever M, Frizinsky S, Vishnvenska-Dai V, Rechavi E, Stauber T, Simon AJ, Lev A, Klein C, Kotlarz D, Somech R. Novel Mutations in RASGRP1 are Associated with Immunodeficiency, Immune Dysregulation, and EBV-Induced Lymphoma. J Clin Immunol. 2018 Jul 20. doi: 10.1007/s10875-018-0533-8. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 30030704.

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