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Vera Bonilha, PhD

Vera Bonilha, PhD
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Department Ophthalmic Research
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English, Portuguese
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Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
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Cleveland Clinic Main Campus



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About Vera Bonilha, PhD

Vera Lúcia Bonilha, PhD, is an Assistant Staff Researcher at the Cole Eye Institute in the Department of Ophthalmic Research on Cleveland Clinic’s Main Campus. 

Dr. Bonilha is also currently involved with the Cole Eye Institute Eye Tissue Repository where her laboratory maintains, catalogs, organizes and performs studies on human eyes with retinal diseases.

Dr. Bonilha received first a MSc, then a PhD in Biophysics Sciences (cell biology and cell biophysics) from the Biophysics Institute Carlos Chagas Filho, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro.

She has collaborated on numerous peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters and reviews and participated in invited seminars. Dr. Bonilha's current National Institutes of Health-supported research project will characterize the age-related effects on RPE cells and retinal cells under physiological and pathological conditions.

Dr. Bonilha is currently a member of the following organizations: The International Society for Eye Research, and the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Medical Education - Federal University of Rio de Janeiro School of Medicine
Biophysics Sciences
Rio de Janeiro,

Graduate School - Federal University of Rio de Janeiro School of Medicine
Biophysics Sciences
Rio de Janeiro,

Undergraduate - Federal University of Rio de Janeiro School of Medicine
Biological Sciences
Rio de Janeiro,

Professional Highlights

  • Editorial board member, Austin Journal of Clinical Ophthalmology

Awards & Honors

  • NIH R01  grant entitled: RPE, aging and age-related macular degeneration: the role of oxidative stress.


  • Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
  • International Society for Eye Research
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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As of 8/23/2023, Dr. Bonilha has reported no financial relationship with industry that is applicable to this listing. In general, patients should feel free to contact their doctor about any of the relationships and how the relationships are overseen by Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

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