Ear and Eye. He also conducts research as a known member of the Ocular Genomics Institute at Mass. Ear/Harvard and Eyes Medical School. With support from the RPB grant, Dr. Comander intends to build up and apply approaches for high-throughput practical characterization of individual genetic variation and mutation in retinitis pigmentosa. ‘This research addresses a significant concern in understanding the mechanisms that underlie the pathology of inherited retinal disease, and can help us determine which gene misspellings in individuals are disease-causing and which are benign,’ says Dr.