Ilene K. Gipson, Ph.D.


Ilene K. Gipson, PhD



Ocular Surface Scholar & Senior Scientist, Schepens Eye Research Institute

Professor of Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School





Dr. Ilene Gipson received her PhD from the University of Arkansas in l973. She began her career in vision research at the University of Oregon Health Sciences Center, where she became an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology. In 1979, she was recruited to the Schepens Eye Research Institute (then the Eye Research Institute of the Retina Foundation). She rose through the ranks from Assistant to Senior Scientist at the Institute, and in 1997 became Professor of Ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School and also the Ocular Surface Scholar at the Institute. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the MERIT Award from the National Eye Institute and the Research to Prevent Blindness Senior Scientific Investigator Award. In May, 2007, Dr. Gipson received The Friedenwald Award; this award is one of the two achievement awards given annually at the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology meeting to honor the outstanding research of senior scientists in the basic or clinical sciences as applied to ophthalmology.  To read more about Dr. Gipson, please click here.


Ph.D. 1973, University of Arkansas

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Gipson I, et al., US Patent “Mucin 5AC measurement.”