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Faculty Detail    
Campus Address VH 3RD Zip 0019
Phone 205-996-8682
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Faculty Appointment(s)
Appointment Type Department Division Rank
Primary  Ophthalmology  Ophthalmology Professor
Secondary  Cell, Developmntl, & Integrative Biology  Cell, Developmntl, & Integrative Biology Professor
Secondary  Vision Sciences  Vision Sciences Associate Professor
Center  Pathology   Cell Adhesion & Matrix Research Center Professor
Center  Center for Aging  COMPREHENSIVE CTR FOR HEALTHY AGING Professor
Center  General Clinical Research Center  Comprehensive Neuroscience Center Professor
Center  General Clinical Research Center  Ctr for Clinical & Translational Sci Professor
Center  Medicine  Ctr Cardiovasc Bio Professor
Center  Vision Sciences  Vision Science Research Center Professor

Graduate Biomedical Sciences Affiliations
Neuroscience Graduate Program 

Biographical Sketch 
Christine A. Curcio, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Ophthalmology, has secondary appointments in the Department of Physiological Optics and the Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy. She is also a member of the Center for Aging and the Vision Science Research Center. She obtained her undergraduate degree from Brown University in 1972, attended graduate school at the University of Wisconsin, and received a doctorate in anatomy from the University of Rochester in 1981. She continued her work in morphometry of aging brain as a post-doctoral fellow at Boston University School of Medicine from 1981-1984. As a member of the research faculty in the Department of Biological Structure at the University of Washington (1984-1990), she began her work on the organization of human retina in the laboratory of Anita Hendrickson, Ph.D. She joined the Department of Ophthalmology at U.A.B. in 1990.

Research/Clinical Interest
Dr. Curcio's research interests include retinal organization, aging, and age-related macular degeneration (ARMD), which is the leading cause of new vision loss in the elderly. No animal model exhibits the full range of ARMD pathology, and therefore careful analysis of human donor eyes is essential for guiding informed development of new models. Through the Alabama Eye Bank, Dr. Curcio's lab has access to a large source of rapidly preserved human donor eyes in the age range with high prevalence of ARMD. Investigative techniques include histopathology, morphometry, immunocytochemistry, lipid histochemistry, and electron microscopy.