The Power List 2016
Professor and Director of the Molecular Ophthalmology Laboratory, University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City
Stone’s research focus is on finding and characterizing the genes involved in macular degeneration, glaucoma, and heritable photoreceptor degenerative diseases. He is working to remove the technical, legal and financial barriers that come between genetic discoveries and the patients that would benefit from them, by creating a nonprofit genetic testing lab that provides low-cost tests for more than 20 different inherited eye diseases. With his colleagues, he has mapped or cloned many human disease genes, including genes implicated in glaucoma, macular disease, dominant stromal corneal dystrophy, Wagner disease, erosive vitreoretinopathy, the enhanced S cone syndrome, and achromatopsia.