Dr. Shay-Whey Margaret Koh is a basic scientist in the field of trophic factors. Her focus has been on the beneficial effects of trophic factors on the prevention of cell death and inflammation in injured-corneal endothelium.
She received her Ph. D. in biochemistry in 1978 from the Ohio State University. This was followed by postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Iowa and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), a staff fellowship, and a senior staff fellowship, both at the NIH.
She has been the principal investigator of NIH-funded projects and as associate professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Dr. Koh teaches cell biology of ocular tissues and the principles of photocoagulation applied to these tissues. She also participates in the teaching of the medical students through her secondary appointment in the Department of Physiology, University of Maryland School of Medicine.