Lawrence James Rizzolo PhD, FARVO

Associate Professor of Surgery (Gross Anatomy) and of Ophthalmology and Visual Science; Director of Medical Studies

Departments & Organizations

Office of Student ResearchStem Cell Center, Yale: Tissue Specific Stem CellsOphthalmology and Visual Science | Surgery: Rizzolo Lab

Research Interests

Retinal disease; Tight junctions; Outer blood-retinal barrier; Epithelia; Human embryonic stem cells; Bio/tissue engineering; Medical education more...


  • Ph.D., Duke University, 1977

Selected Publications

  • Peng,S., Gan,G., Qiu, C., Zhong, M., An, H., Adelman, R.A., and Rizzolo, L.J. (2013) Engineering a blood-retinal barrier with human embryonic stem cell-derived retinal pigment epithelium: Transcriptome and functional analysis. Stem Cell Trans. Med. 2:534-544
  • Peng,S., Gan,G., Rao, V.S., Adelman, R.A., and Rizzolo, L.J. (2012) Effects of proinflammatory cytokines on the claudin-19 rich tight junctions of human retinal pigment epithelium (RPE). Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 53, 5016-5028.
  • Rizzolo, L.J., Peng, S., Luo, Y, and Xiao, W., (2011) Integration of tight junctions and claudins with the barrier functions of the retinal pigment epithelium. Prog. Retin. Eye Res. 30:296-323.



Latest News


Edit Profile