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WVU biology student keeping an eye on unique vision problems

When Easton Cahill arrived at West Virginia University, he was the first in his family to attend college. As a high school student in Bridgeport, he was drawn to science through the influence of his biology teacher. Once he discovered his affinity for research, his path became clear — WVU was his choice.

As his first semester began, so did the hard work. Eager to dive in, Cahill took part in the Research Apprenticeship Program, through which he met his mentor, Wen-Tao Deng, an assistant professor of ophthalmology and visual sciences as well as biochemistry and molecular medicine, both in the School of Medicine. Deng’s research focuses on retinal degeneration and gene therapy, and her arrival at WVU coincided with Cahill’s. As Deng got her lab up and running, he got to learn about the development process, as well as how to run such a facility.

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