Dr. Alexander Ljubimov is an internationally recognized eye researcher, with over 100 peer-reviewed papers, reviews, and book chapters published. He is Adjunct Professor of Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Dr. Ljubimov is also Director of Board og Governors Regenerative Institute Eye Program and Professor of Biomedical Sciences and Neurosurgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. His research interests include using innovative gene and nano therapy to restore normal stem cell functions in diabetic corneas. He is involved in developing new targeted nanotherapeutics for cancer and eye diseases, and directs studies aiming at making corneal cells from induced pluripotent stem cells. Dr. Ljubimov's research has been funded by NIH since 1995 (with two current R01 grants). In 2006-2009, he was a recipient of the Winnick Family Clinical Research Scholar award from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He has served on numerous NIH Study Sections, was a member of the American Diabetes Association Grant Review Panel, and is a grant reviewer for various agencies in U.S. and abroad. Dr. Ljubimov is an Editorial Board member of 14 scientific journals including Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, Experimental Eye Research, Progress in Retinal and Eye Research, Molecular Vision, Brain Research Bulletin, Experimental Biology and Medicine, Scientific Reports, PLoS One, Cells, Current Gene Therapy, Cells, International Journal of Molecular Sciences, Re:GEN Open and Frontiers in Bioscience. In 2010, he was named Silver Fellow of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO), and Gold Fellow in 2014. Since 2014 he is Overseas Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine (London). In 2008-2010 he was an elected chair of the membership committee of the International Society for Eye Research. Dr. Ljubimov received his summa cum laude M.S. degree from Moscow State University (Moscow, Russia), and his Ph.D. and D.Sc. degrees from the Russian Cancer Research Center. He completed postdoctoral training in the International Agency for Research on Cancer in Lyon, France. Before coming to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in 1993 he worked in the Sanford-Burnham Institute in La Jolla, California, as a UICC American Cancer Society-Eleanor Roosevelt Cancer Research Fellow. He has a background in cancer research and is working on eye diseases since 1993.