ASELF-DESCRIBED “UBER NERD” who met her future husband in a lab, Dr. Shannon Boye is also a
mother who empathizes with parents desperate to save their children’s eyesight. And
as a Foundation-funded researcher, she’s
trying to do just that.
First, Some Background
“Like lots of kids, I wanted to be a marine
biologist,” Dr. Boye says of getting her
B.S. in that subject at Fairleigh Dickinson
University. But an internship at the Whitney Lab, an offshoot of the University of
Florida (UF), exposed her to biomedical
research. So she stayed at UF and, while
earning a Ph.D. in neuroscience, “quickly
became aware of their strong gene-therapy
program,” she says.
Gene therapy, the practice of replacing
a mutated gene that causes disease with a
healthy gene, is increasingly being used to
treat patients in clinical trials. And UF’s Dr.
William Hauswirth, also a recipient of FFB
MESSAGE FROM THE CEO New and Improved
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Dr. Shannon Boye vacationing in the Smoky Mountains with her
husband, Dr. Sanford Boye, and their children, Sydney and Benjamin.
William T. Schmidt
Chief Executive Officer
Foundation Fighting Blindness
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