Timothy W. Corson, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology
Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Assistant Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology
Associate Member, IU Simon Cancer Center


Research interests

  • Chemical biology & drug discovery in ophthalmology
  • Ocular oncology, especially retinoblastoma pathogenesis
  • Ocular neovascularization

The Corson lab seeks to apply the tools and techniques of chemical biology to problems in eye disease. Specifically, we are working to find novel, small-molecule therapeutic approaches and targets for age-related macular degeneration and other neovascular eye diseases. We are also interested in understanding the biology of, and developing potential therapies for, the ocular cancers retinoblastoma and uveal melanoma. 



BrightFocus Foundation

St. Baldrick's Foundation

Retina Research Foundation

Ralph W. and Grace M. Showalter Research Trust Fund


Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute/NIH KL2TR001106 Career Development Award (KL2)

American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant

IU Health Strategic Research Initiative in Neuroscience  (co-PI)




International Retinal Research Foundation

Retina Research Foundation

Carl Marshall Reeves & Mildred Almen Reeves Foundation

Alcon Research Institute Young Investigator Grant

Outrun the Sun, Inc.

Knights Templar Eye Foundation

IUPUI Research Support Funds Grant

CTSI Core Pilot Grant & Program Development Team Funding



Dr. Corson's publications as indexed in





  • B.Sc. – Molecular Genetics and Molecular Biology, Victoria College, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • M.Sc. - Institute of Medical Science and Collaborative Program in Neuroscience, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Ph.D. - Graduate Department of Molecular and Medical Genetics, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research Jean-François St-Denis Fellow in Cancer Research, Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut



Kamakshi Sishtla

BS     University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Graduate Students

Rania Sulaiman

Bsc     Cairo University 


Michael O'Hare

BSc (Hons)     University of Ulster


Halesha Basavarajappa

BS     Bangalore University

MS     Bangalore University

Undergraduate intern

Mehdi Shadmand



Lab Alumni

Sara Mufti

Aparna Ramasubramanian, MBBS

Anna Geary

Carlos Magaña

Kathryn Verhoeven, PhD


Andrea Wenzel, BS

Abdul Khan

Vanessa Gehring

Shawnna Williams

Kathleen Kelley, BS



  • Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO)  
  • International Chemical Biology Society
  • Canadian Society for Biochemistry, Molecular & Cell Biology
  • Reviewer for 18 journals including Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science (IOVS), Chemistry & Biology, Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, Current Eye Research, FEBS Letters, and PLoS ONE
  • Volunteer editor for IOVS

Selected Honors and Awards

1995    University of Toronto Arbor Scholarship

1999    Victoria College Scott Memorial Scholarship

1999    Victoria College Thomas Douglas Kendrick Gold Medal

1999    NSERC Post-Graduate Scholarship A

2000    Finalist for 2001 Rhodes Scholarship (Ontario)

2001    NSERC Post-Graduate Scholarship B

2004    Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Canada Graduate Scholarship

2005    University of Toronto Adel S. Sedra Distinguished Graduate Scholarship

2006    University of Toronto Arbor Award

2007    Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Jean-François St-Denis
           Fellowship in Cancer Research & Bisby Fellowship


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