Shiva Ram Male, PhD Research scholar, School of Medical Sciences, University of Hyderabad, was selected for the Post-Doctoral Fellowship at world’s best Retinal research and Top Medical centre at Schepens Eye Institute, Massachusetts Eye and Ear, Harvard Medical School, Harvard University, Boston, USA.

Shiva will work with eminent vision scientists and Ophthalmologists Prof. Alexandra R. Bowers and Prof. Russell L Woods in the Centre for Excellence in Age Related Macular Degeneration, Mobility Enhancement and Vision Rehabilitation Labs. He will be studying and contributing to the AMD & Retinal research at Schepens Eye Research Institute.


Shiva Ram Male

The World War II hero Charles L. Schepens, MD, founded the Retina Foundation in 1950, representing a small group of researchers operating out of a small Boston apartment. In 1974, the Eye Research Institute of Retina Foundation was renamed to reflect its active research programme better, and it became fully linked with Harvard Medical School in 1991. The Institute now retains the name of its illustrious founder, known as “the father of retinal surgery.” Schepens researchers increase the understanding of eye illness and promote the transition of scientific information into clinical usage in a cutting-edge facility within a short walk from the main campuses of Mass. Eye & Ear and Massachusetts General Hospital at Harvard.

Mr Shiva Ram has already submitted his PhD Thesis entitled “Profiling the Problem of Colour Vision deficiency and its association with colour, culture and cognition – An Indian Perspective”, under the Research Supervision of Prof. B R Shamanna, Professor, late. Dr. Rishi Bhardwaj, School of Medical Sciences and Co-Research supervisors Prof. Chakravarthy Bhagvati and his doctoral committee members Dr Rashmin Gandhi, Centre for Sight Hospitals, Hyderabad and Dr Baskar Theagarayan, University of Huddersfield, UK.

For the School, this happens to be first Postdoctoral fellowship opportunity from PhD Optometry and Vision Sciences stream to get into Harvard after introduction of the doctoral programme in 2017. Moreover, the School of Medical Sciences is the only among the central universities that offers PhD in Optometry and Vision Science programme in India.

The whole research supervision team of Mr Shiva Ram and Prof. Geeta. K Vemuganti, Dean School of Medical Sciences, and other School faculty members complimented Mrs Shiva Ram for this landmark achievement. The school feels that this will be a preferred destination for the PhD programme in Optometry and Vision Sciences and the future patronising of this programme by prospective scholars.