Morgan Fedorchak, PHD
Meet Morgan Fedorchak, PHD!
Morgan is as assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in Pennsylvania. Her research focuses on ocular biomaterials. Learn more about Morgan below!
Q. Please tell us about the research that you’re conducting and how it affects the cystinosis community. How will this research benefit those who live with cystinosis?
A. My research focuses on development of ocular biomaterials, with a particular focus on controlled drug delivery. We have previously
developed a monthly eye drop formulation for treating glaucoma, and we are currently adapting that technology for a safer and more convenient eye drop for corneal cystinosis. The goal of our research is to provide patients with less frequent eye drop administration and no resulting increase in physician’s office visits. We are also hopeful that delivery of continuous, lower doses of drug at the ocular surface will result in comparable or better outcomes but with fewer side effects.
Q. What drew you to this profession?
A. My mother was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis while I was in school, and she started taking a drug that was relatively new. It got me interested in the process of drug development and why some drugs succeed or fail clinical trials. I went to school for chemical engineering and bioengineering, always with the intention of doing medical research. I have been drawn to academia for a long time because I feel it is still the best environment for the type of intellectual creativity needed for true innovation.
Q. If you could have any super power, what would it be and why would you choose it?
A. If I could have any superpower, it would be the power to never need to sleep. I could get so much done and have endless energy, it would be like being two people at once.
Q. Do you have children? How many?
A. I have two boys, 5 and 2 years old. They are partners in crime.
Q. Do you have a pet – what kind of pet and what is the pet’s name?
A. I have two pets, a dog and a cat. The cat is named Missy (but we just call her Kitty) and the dog is a dalmatian named Josie.
Q. What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
A. I grew up in central Pennsylvania near Penn State University and its Berkey Creamery makes the best ice cream in the world. My favorite flavor is their bittersweet min.