Research Scientists

Christa Montgomery, Ph.D

I have been the Lab Manager and a Research Scientist in the Simon John Lab since January of 2019. I earned my interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry with a co-discipline Cell Biology and Biophysics from the University of Missouri at Kansas City in 2011. I have experience with protein biochemistry and metabolism, transformed and primary cell culture and assays, and have studied mouse and rat models of autoimmune optic neuritis, metabolic syndrome/diabetes, hyperlipidemia, and glaucoma.

Chi Zhang, Ph.D.

I have been an associate research scientist in John Lab since February of 2019. I earned my Ph.D. in Developmental Biology from Fudan University in 2012 where I used different mouse models to investigate heart, kidney and retinal diseases. Since joining the John lab, my focus has been on developing inducible glaucoma mouse models as well as molecular mechanism of neural damage in glaucoma.

Revathi Balasubramanian, Ph.D.

I am a research scientist in the John laboratory. I have a Ph.D in Neuroscience from the University of Rochester. During my Ph.D., I studied the role of LIM transcription factors in development of retina using mouse genetics. My postdoctoral research aimed at understanding the role of signaling molecules during early specification of the optic cup using mouse genetics, single cell sequencing and human and mouse organoids. In the John lab, I aim to understand the role of human-relevant glaucoma genes in early onset and primary-open angle glaucoma using mouse genetics and high throughput genomics. I live in NYC and have been an active member of the Columbia University Postdoc Society. I love everything the city has to offer: theater, opera, dining, public transport, and world-class institutions for collaborations.