DoctorsDebbie Mitra, PhD

Debbie Mitra, PhD

Debbie Mitra, PhD

Title: Assistant Professor of Research Ophthalmology

Department: Ophthalmology

Research Topics:

Stem Cell
Regenerative Medicine
Tissue Engineering

Biography and Education

Research Interests:

Dr. Debbie Mitra obtained her PhD in Chemical Biology from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Center for Nanotechnology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, WI where she conducted research in the fabrication of DNA microarrays and nanotechnology applications in the photolithographic synthesis of oligonucleotides using a Maskless Array Synthesizer for gene assembly. During this time Mitra was the co-inventor of a novel methodology in the fabrication of RNA based microarrays, patented in 2009. She completed a second postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Ottawa, Canada in the field of tissue engineering of artificial corneas fabricated from chemically cross-linked collagen-based materials that mimic the extracellular matrix (ECM) and act as regenerative templates. Mitra is the project manager for the novel stem cell-based therapy for dry AMD-phase 1 clinical trial, funded by the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine. She is also the research-administrative liaison for the USC Roski Eye Institute and the Director of Science and Technology for the USC Institute for Biomedical Therapeutics. Her research interests include regenerative medicine, tissue engineering, DNA nanotechnology and chemistry.


  • University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB, Canada, Chemistry, BS Hons, Chemistry, 2000
  • McGill University Montreal, PQ, Canada, PhD, Chemical biology, 2007
  • Center for Nanotechnology, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, USA, Nanotechnology, Postdoctoral, 2008
  • Department of Chemistry, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON, Canada, Regenerative Medicine, Postdoctoral, 2009



  • Hogg Centennial Entrance Scholarship, Faculty of Science, University of Manitoba, 1997
  • Demchuk Scholarship for Women in Chemistry, University of Manitoba, 1999
  • Reverend Joseph Hogg Scholarship, University of Manitoba, 1999
  • Faculty of Science Undergraduate Student Research Award, University of Manitoba, 1999
  • First Prize for Best Graduate Oral Presentation, SACIQ Meeting, Sherbrooke, QC, Canada, 2001
  • Teaching Assistantship Award, Chemistry Department, McGill University, 2003
  • CIHR (Canadian Institutes of Health and Research) Scholarship, McGill University, 2003