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Maria Kaukonen

DVM PhD


Postdoctoral Research Scientist

Maria is an academic veterinarian, whose research focuses on ophthalmology and genetics. She obtained her PhD (with distinction) at the University of Helsinki, where she mapped several new genes and mutations for inherited eye diseases. Her first mutation discovery revealed a novel recessive maternal mode of inheritance and was chosen as a cover-story for Cell Reports. In addition to her own research, she has also supervised several Bachelor and Master theses and set up a new course on clinical genetics at the University of Helsinki. Currently she has one co-supervised PhD student, who continues her research projects in Helsinki.

After completing her PhD, Maria was awarded the prestigious Sigrid Jusélius fellowship to undertake post-doctoral research in Professor MacLaren's research group. Her research in Oxford focuses on CRISPR/Cas9 base editing to treat rhodopsin-associated retinitis pigmentosa.