Susannah Waxman

Junior Commercial Translation Associate

Supports initiatives of the Center for Commercial Application of Healthcare Data (CCA) through the commercial translation process

PhD Student

Department of Ophthalmology
University of Pittsburgh

Education and Experience

Susannah is currently completing a Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Pathology in the University of Pittsburgh’s Department of Ophthalmology. They focus on research aimed at understanding, preventing, and treating a leading cause of irreversible blindness worldwide, glaucoma, with emphasis on the role of microvascular dysfunction in its pathophysiology. Susannah attended Ohio Wesleyan University where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Botany while collaborating in plant gravitropism research to optimize experiments investigating plant gravity perception for execution on the International Space Station. After graduation, Susannah spent three years working at the University of Pittsburgh in the Department of Ophthalmology where she helped develop novel model systems and techniques for scalable and translational glaucoma research.


PhD Cellular and Molecular Pathology, University of Pittsburgh, started July 2019
BS, Botany, Ohio Wesleyan University, 2016

Research Experience

PhD Student Researcher, Cellular and Molecular Pathology, University of Pittsburgh
Supervisor: Ian Sigal, PhD
  • Investiagting Microvascular Dysfunction in Glaucoma

    Laboratory Technician, UPMC Eye and Ear Institute, University of Pittsburgh
    Supervisor: Nils Loewen MD, PhD
  • Engineering the Aqueous Humor Outflow Tract

    Senior Research Assistant, Department of Botany and Microbiology, Ohio Wesleyan University
    Supervisor: Chris Wolverton, PhD
  • Characterizing Plant Gravity Perception Systems

  • Characterizing Plant Physiology of Knockout Mutants

  • Commercial Translation Experience

    Fourth River Solutions

    Gained experience in techniques necessary for commercialization of life sciences companies, such as competitor analysis, market research, and communication of value propositions, to facilitate exchange between academia and industry
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