Department: Biology

Areas of expertise:

  • Genomics
  • Molecular biology
  • Vision research
  • Epigenetics
  • Undergraduate research

Enke researches development and diseases of retinal neurons, epigenetic regulation, genomics and bioinformatics, molecular biology and neuroscience. 

Enke is interested in the molecular processes that neuronal precursors undergo during development into mature retinal neurons, such as rod and cone photoreceptors. He also researches blinding diseases that afflict the retina, such as age-related macular degeneration. In 2018, Enke received $463,915 from the National Institutes of Health to investigate early clinical detectors of age-related macular degeneration and potential medical interventions if early detectors are discovered. 

Enke earned his bachelor's degree in biology from Salisbury University and his doctorate in biochemistry and molecular biology from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.


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Ray Enke

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