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Dr. Mahajan’s lab provides an immersive,  intensive training environment for students and fellows to discover the molecular mechanisms that cause blindness and develop therapies to prevent vision loss. Highly collaborative research teams are made up of scientists, surgeons, and engineers from around the world, interacting on a daily basis and using advanced scientific methods.

Surgical Fellows

Huy Nguyen M.D.

Huy joined the lab in 2019 and is a surgical fellow at Stanford. He completed his undergraduate degree at Harvard, Medical School at Columbia University, and his ophthalmology residency at Harvard’s Massachusetts Eye and Ear Institute. His interests lie in exploring novel technologies for the diagnosis and treatment of retinal conditions. Huy is helping to identify biomarkers for eye cancer.

Cassie Ludwig M.D., M.S.

Cassie joined the lab in 2018. She completed her undergraduate degree at Duke University and then her medical school training, a Masters in Epidemiology and ophthalmology residency at Stanford University Medical School. She is interested in understanding the mechanisms of myopia and improving treatment and prevention of the resulting pathology. She worked with Dr Mahajan as a resident and will complete her surgical fellowship at Harvard’s Massachusetts Eye and Ear Institute. She continues to work with Dr. Mahajan on the molecular genetics of myopia and biomarkers of vitreoretinal disease. 

Natalia Callaway M.D., M.S.

Natalia joined the lab in 2017. She completed her B.S. at Johns Hopkins University where she majored in behavioral biology and neuroscience. She attended medical school at Stanford University where she obtained a dual degree in medicine and a Master's in Epidemiology. She went on to complete her residency at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. She returned to Stanford for her vitreoretinal surgical training. She has secured multiple training grants including the Vitreoretinal surgery foundation award and the NIH Clinical Scientist Training Award. Her research focus is on novel surgical methods and women’s issues in vitreoretinal disease.