Department of Ophthalmology: Rewards of Research Day


Award winner Genki Hayashi, PhD

Research Day 2017 brought smiles, awards, and rich dialogue among ophthalmology department faculty, postdoctoral scientists, clinical fellows, and residents. Competing research posters, filled with bright images and precise notations, lined the halls outside the laboratories at the Koret Vision Center, where participants learned about one another’s work.

The David and Joyce Copenhagen Prize is awarded annually for the best research paper published by a student or postdoctoral scientist in the Department of Ophthalmology. A faculty panel selected the work of Anton Delwig, PhD, now a senior scientist at SiteOne Therapeutics. As a postdoctoral fellow on Dr. Copenhagen’s laboratory team, Dr. Delwig established insights into retinal ganglion cell wiring. The work was published in PLOS ONE (February 2016) as “Retinofugal Projections from Melanopsin-Expressing Retinal Ganglion Cells Revealed by Intraocular Injections of Cre-Dependent Virus.” Retinofugal refers to the pathway of the optic nerve to the brain.

Dr. Lesley Everett in front of her award-winning poster. Dr. Bertil Damato, left, was her mentor for the project.

Director of Research Douglas Gould, PhD, announced awards for outstanding posters – one for basic research and one for clinical research. The panel selected posters by postdoctoral fellow Genki Hayashi, PhD, for “TGF-beta Dysregulation in Col4a1-related Cerebral Small Vessel Disease” and first-year resident Lesley Everett, MD, PhD, mentored by Bertil Damato, MD, for “Developing a Novel Documentation System for Retinoblastoma.”


Research Presentations

  • Evan Feinberg, PhD (Department of Anatomy) Closing the Loop from Eye to Behavior
  • Matilda Chan, MD, PhD Analysis of MMP12 (Matrix Metalloproteinase) in Laboratory and Human Corneas
  • Saidas Nair, PhD Genetics of Glaucoma
  • Yvonne Ou, MD Dismantling Inner Retina Circuitry in Experimental Glaucoma
  • Thuy Doan MD, PhD Clinical Applications of High-throughput Genetic Sequencing
  • Ari Green, MD Measuring Therapeutic Response in the Visual System in Laboratory Models of Demyelinating Disease (Neuroophthalmology)
  • Rachel Care (Neuroscience Graduate Student) Functional Plasticity in Adult Retina After Selective Cone Death
  • Jacque Duncan, MD Dysflective Cones
  • Erik Ullian, PhD Synaptic Strength and Binocular Competition in the Developing Visual System

The ophthalmology department’s research is supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health, Research to Prevent Blindness, and many friends of That Man May See. To learn more or make a gift, go to