Ahmad Al-Moujahed is a PhD candidate in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine and the Department of Ophthalmology at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary (MEEI), Harvard Medical School. Ahmad graduated from Damascus Medical School in Damascus University, Syria. Then, he came to the United States to do a fellowship in retina research in the Department of Ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School, where be became fascinated by science and decided to expand his research training by pursuing a PhD degree before starting his clinical training in ophthalmology. His long-term plan is to become a clinician-scientist in the field of retinal diseases. Under the supervision of Dr. Demetrios Vavvas at MEEI, Ahmad is currently studying the role of DNA damage in the pathogenesis of Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD), which is the leading cause of irreversible vision loss in developed countries. Unfortunately, there is no treatment for the most prevalent type of the disease (i.e., dry AMD). Therefore, understanding the molecular mechanisms of the pathogenesis of AMD will help us find effective treatments for it.