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People – Ou Lab


Yvonne Ou

Associate Professor in Residence

B.A. Harvard College – Honors thesis in the lab of Dr. Guido Guidotti
M.D. Harvard Medical School – Honors thesis in the lab of Dr. Michael Gimbrone
Internship – Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA
Residency – Jules Stein Eye Institute/UCLA
Fellowship – Duke University, glaucoma
Postdoctoral fellowship – Duke University in the lab of Dr. Chay Kuo

Yvonne is a clinician-scientist interested in understanding the mechanisms underlying circuit disassembly in glaucoma, using a combination of anatomical, genetic, and electrophysiological tools. Her lab aims to move the field forward by advancing novel diagnostic and treatment paradigms, including optimum interventions targeted towards specific visual channels, and fundamentally expanding our knowledge of how adult neural circuits react and rearrange in the face of injury. Outside of the lab, she enjoys spending time with her toddlers, baking, and running.


Esther Choe

Esther grew up in Orange County and is currently an undergraduate Integrated Biology and English double major in University of California, Berkeley. Outside of school, she enjoys traveling, photography, and playing guitar.

Luca Della Santina

Professional Researcher
Luca graduated from the University of Pisa with a PhD. in Neuroscience. He carried out his postdoc at the University of Washington and taught as Assistant Professor of Physiology at the University of Pisa. Outside of the lab he enjoys hiking, cooking, photography and retrogaming.

Kelly Mai

Kelly grew up in Virginia and is currently a student at the UC Berkeley Post-Baccalaureate Health Professions Program. Outside of school, she enjoys doing bikram yoga, cooking, traveling, and dragon boat racing.

Patricia Tam

Academic Assistant
Patricia has administrative experience in the medical/ dental/ ophthalmological fields, transportation planning (public & private sectors) and energy efficiency. She is born and raised in San Francisco and enjoys visiting local museums and various attractions with her friends and family.

Alan Tran

Alan grew up in Milpitas, CA. He graduated from UC Riverside with a B.S. in Biology. Outside of school he likes to play basketball, spend time with family, and eat!

Alfred Yu

Postdoctoral Fellow
Alfred is a Bay Area native who graduated from UC Davis with a B.S. in Biological Sciences and a PH.D. in Molecular, Cellular, and Integrative Physiology. Outside of the lab he enjoys volleyball, baking, and photography.


Lab Alumni
Rebecca Jo – Senior Research Associate at Astellas Institute for Regenerative Medicine
Karen Chu – currently a graduate student in the Ph.D. Program in Pharmacology, Weill Cornell Medical College