Edward Chaum, M.D., Ph.D.

Edward Chaum, M.D., Ph.D.

Plough Foundation Professor
of Retinal Diseases

Department of Ophthalmology
Department of Pediatrics
Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology
Department of Biomedical Engineering

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Hamilton Eye Institute
930 Madison Avenue, Suite 731
Memphis, TN 38163
Tel: (901) 448-5975
Email: Edward Chaum


  • Ph.D. Institution: Department of Cell Biology and Genetics, Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences
  • M.D. Institution: Cornell University Medical College


Ophthalmology - Edward Chaum

Research Interests

The focus of the basic science research program in our laboratory is in five major areas:

  • Translational research in the development and application of gene therapy to the treatment of retina degenerative diseases,
  • Tissue engineering approaches to understanding and modulating the growth, aging and wound healing responses of ocular retinal pigment epithelial cells (RPE),
  • Molecular analyses of retinal pigment epithelial cell responses to oxidative stress,
  • Characterization of a newly discovered IGF binding protein regulatory system in the RPE, and
  • Tele-ophthalmology and automated diagnostics

Other areas of active research include collaborations on numerous pilot basic science and clinical projects with investigations into:

  • Genomic analysis of RPE gene expression,
  • The role of CD81 in proliferative vitreoretinopathy, wound healing and retinal detachment,
  • The role of Arf gene mutations in the developmental eye anomaly persistent fetal vasculature,
  • Electrochemical quantification of blood metabolites and drugs, and
  • Nanotechnology applications in retinal surgery, and
  • Clinical research studies.

Representative Publications

  • Kivlehan F, Chaum E, Lindner E. Propofol detection and quantification in human blood: the promise of feedback controlled, closed-loop anesthesia. Analyst. 2015 Jan 7;140(1):98-106. doi: 10.1039/c4an01483a. PubMed PMID: 25327876.
  • Simpson CL, Wojciechowski R, Oexle K, Murgia F, Portas L, Li X, Verhoeven VJ, Vitart V, Schache M, Hosseini SM, Hysi PG, Raffel LJ, Cotch MF, Chew E, Klein BE, Klein R, Wong TY, van Duijn CM, Mitchell P, Saw SM, Fossarello M, Wang JJ; DCCT/EDIC Research Group, Polašek O, Campbell H, Rudan I, Oostra BA, Uitterlinden AG, Hofman A, Rivadeneira F, Amin N, Karssen LC, Vingerling JR, Döring A, Bettecken T, Bencic G, Gieger C, Wichmann HE, Wilson JF, Venturini C, Fleck B, Cumberland PM, Rahi JS, Hammond CJ, Hayward C, Wright AF, Paterson AD, Baird PN, Klaver CC, Rotter JI, Pirastu M, Meitinger T, Bailey-Wilson JE, Stambolian D. Genome-wide meta-analysis of myopia and hyperopia provides evidence for replication of 11 loci. PLoS One. 2014 Sep 18;9(9):e107110. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0107110. eCollection 2014. PubMed PMID: 25233373; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4169415.
  • Adal KM, Sidibé D, Ali S, Chaum E, Karnowski TP, Mériaudeau F. Automated detection of microaneurysms using scale-adapted blob analysis and semi-supervised learning. Comput Methods Programs Biomed. 2014 Apr;114(1):1-10. doi: 10.1016/j.cmpb.2013.12.009. Epub 2014 Jan 7. PubMed PMID: 24529636.
  • Alami NH, Smith RB, Carrasco MA, Williams LA, Winborn CS, Han SS, Kiskinis E, Winborn B, Freibaum BD, Kanagaraj A, Clare AJ, Badders NM, Bilican B, Chaum E, Chandran S, Shaw CE, Eggan KC, Maniatis T, Taylor JP. Axonal transport of TDP-43 mRNA granules is impaired by ALS-causing mutations. Neuron. 2014 Feb 5;81(3):536-43. doi: 10.1016/j.neuron.2013.12.018. PubMed PMID: 24507191; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3939050.
  • Nathan DM, Bayless M, Cleary P, Genuth S, Gubitosi-Klug R, Lachin JM, Lorenzi G, Zinman B; DCCT/EDIC Research Group. Diabetes control and complications trial/epidemiology of diabetes interventions and complications study at 30 years: advances and contributions. Diabetes. 2013 Dec;62(12):3976-86. doi: 10.2337/db13-1093. PubMed PMID: 24264395; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3837056.
  • Cheng CY, Schache M, Ikram MK, Young TL, Guggenheim JA, Vitart V, MacGregor S, Verhoeven VJ, Barathi VA, Liao J, Hysi PG, Bailey-Wilson JE, St Pourcain B, Kemp JP, McMahon G, Timpson NJ, Evans DM, Montgomery GW, Mishra A, Wang YX, Wang JJ, Rochtchina E, Polasek O, Wright AF, Amin N, van Leeuwen EM, Wilson JF, Pennell CE, van Duijn CM, de Jong PT, Vingerling JR, Zhou X, Chen P, Li R, Tay WT, Zheng Y, Chew M; Consortium for Refractive Error and Myopia, Burdon KP, Craig JE, Iyengar SK, Igo RP Jr, Lass JH Jr; Fuchs' Genetics Multi-Center Study Group, Chew EY, Haller T, Mihailov E, Metspalu A, Wedenoja J, Simpson CL, Wojciechowski R, Höhn R, Mirshahi A, Zeller T, Pfeiffer N, Lackner KJ; Wellcome Trust Case Control Consortium 2, Bettecken T, Meitinger T, Oexle K, Pirastu M, Portas L, Nag A, Williams KM, Yonova-Doing E, Klein R, Klein BE, Hosseini SM, Paterson AD; Diabetes Control and Complications Trial/Epidemiology of Diabetes Interventions, and Complications Research Group, Makela KM, Lehtimaki T, Kahonen M, Raitakari O, Yoshimura N, Matsuda F, Chen LJ, Pang CP, Yip SP, Yap MK, Meguro A, Mizuki N, Inoko H, Foster PJ, Zhao JH, Vithana E, Tai ES, Fan Q, Xu L, Campbell H, Fleck B, Rudan I, Aung T, Hofman A, Uitterlinden AG, Bencic G, Khor CC, Forward H, Pärssinen O, Mitchell P, Rivadeneira F, Hewitt AW, Williams C, Oostra BA, Teo YY, Hammond CJ, Stambolian D, Mackey DA, Klaver CC, Wong TY, Saw SM, Baird PN. Nine loci for ocular axial length identified through genome-wide association studies, including shared loci with refractive error. Am J Hum Genet. 2013 Aug 8;93(2):264-77. doi: 10.1016/j.ajhg.2013.06.016. PubMed PMID: 24144296; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3772747.

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