Faculty Research Summary

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Alejandra De Alba Campomanes, MD, MPH

Pediatric Ophthalmologist and Strabismus Specialist: Dr. Alejandra de Alba is a pediatric ophthalmologist who specializes in strabismus (abnormal eye alignment). Her expertise in patient care and interests in research include…

Alexander Smith, PhD

Molecular Mechanisms that Mediate Glial Barrier Function: Glial barriers form at the boundary of healthy nervous system tissue where they control exchange of substances with the surrounding fluids, form a protective barrier to seal off damaged areas…

Aparna Lakkaraju, PhD

Effective Therapies for Inherited and Age-Related Macular Degenerations: Research in the Lakkaraju laboratory builds on fundamental insights from retinal cell biology to develop effective therapies for inherited and age-related macular…

Ari Green, MD

Understanding multiple sclerosis (MS) and related disorders: Division Chief of one of the largest research groups in the world, Dr. Green is dedicated to understanding multiple sclerosis (MS) and related disorders…

Armin Afshar, MD, MBA, MAS

Treatment of Eye Tumors and Disorders of the Retina and Vitreous: Dr. Armin Afshar is a vitreoretinal surgeon and ocular onologist on the UCSF faculty, with an academic career blending clinical practice, research, teaching and administration…

Ayman Naseri, MD

Cataract Surgery and Resident Education: Dr. Naseri has two primary research interests: cataract surgery and resident education. His work within cataract surgery has been focused primarily on the prophylaxis of endophthalmitis…

Benjamin Arnold, Ph.D., MPH

Epidemiologic methods for disease elimination with a focus on trachoma: Dr. Arnold is an infectious disease epidemiologist and biostatistican. His research group focuses on clinical trial methodology, causal inference, and serologic surveillance…

Bob Bhisitkul, MD, PhD

Age-Related Macular Degeneration Treatment and New Retinal Therapies: Dr. Bhisitkul is a vitreoretinal specialist who in collaboration with UCSF’s bioengineering group has developed a novel thin-film drug delivery system that can produce long term…

Bruce R. Conklin, MD

Therapeutic Approaches to Genetic Disease: Dr. Conklin uses induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells, both from patients and engineered to have particular mutations to model human disease. His lab is developing…

Bryan Winn, MD

Chronic Inflammatory Eye and Orbital Diseases: Dr. Bryan J. Winn is an ophthalmologist who specializes in oculoplastic surgery: treating disorders of the eyelid, tear drainage system, and orbit (cavity containing the eye)…

Catherine Oldenburg, ScD, MPH

Infectious Disease and Strategies for Trachoma Elimination: Dr. Oldenburg is an infectious disease epidemiologist who uses randomized controlled trial designs to evaluate antibiotic-based interventions to prevent childhood…

Cathy Sun, MD

Diagnosis and Treatment of Glaucoma: Dr. Sun is a glaucoma specialist whose research focuses on big data and pragmatic clinical trials to enhance the diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma and other ocular conditions…

Creig Hoyt, MD

Visual Recovery and Adaptations to Early Visual Loss: Dr. Hoyt's major research interests have been in the areas of visual deprivation states, brain injuries in children, and strategies for visual recovery and/or adaptations to early visual loss…

Dan Schwartz, MD

Devices and Technologies that Address Unmet Needs in Ophthalmology: Dr. Schwartz is a vitreoretinal surgeon whose research has focused on the development devices and technologies that address unmet needs in ophthalmology. In collaboration with…

Daniel Adams, PhD

Neural Adaptations that Occur in the Childhood Disease of Strabismus: Dr. Adams is a visual neuroscientist specializing in binocular vision in humans and non-human primates. He uses psychophysical, behavioral, electrophysiological, and anatomical techniques…

David Copenhagen, PhD

Light Exposure on Behavior, Neural Development and Vascular Maturation: Dr. Copenhagen's research focuses on understanding where and how visual experience exerts its actions on the refinement of the neural retina and the ocular vasculature…

David Hwang, MD

Cornea, Ocular Infectious Disease and Surgical Techniques: Dr. Hwang’s research interests include development of new surgical techniques in corneal, refractive, and cataract surgery; clinical trials in cornea and ocular infectious disease…

Deepak A. Lamba, M.B.B.S., Ph.D.

Retinal Repair Following Inherited and Age-Associated Degeneration: Dr. Lamba leads an NIH-funded lab focused on using human pluripotent stem cells for retinal repair following inherited and age-related degenerations for cell replacement or disease modeling…..

Douglas Gould, PhD

Studying the biological functions of the extracellular matrix and its role in human disease: The Gould lab uses diverse and cutting edge approaches (genetics, cell biology, physiology, biochemistry, advanced imaging etc.) to understand pathogenic mechanisms….

Elise Harb, OD, PhD, FAAO

Pediatric Optometrist who Cares for Children of All Ages: Dr. Elise Harb is a pediatric optometrist who cares for children of all ages. She assesses their visual development and ensures they have the vision needed to learn in school…

Erik Ullian, PhD

Synapse Formation and Function in the Visual System: Dr. Ullian, Professor of Ophthalmology, studies molecular mechanisms that regulate synapse formation and function in the visual system. He has used cell culture systems to screen for genes…

Eugene De Juan, MD

Renowned Retina Specialist, Surgeon and Inventor: Dr. de Juan is a renowned retina specialist and surgeon. His research focuses on medical and surgical treatments for ocular disorders, including advances in ocular drug…

Felice Dunn, PhD

Mechanisms of the anatomical and functional changes to the retina following photoreceptor loss: The Dunn lab aims to advance understanding of retinal synaptogenesis and signal pathway regulation that could enable future therapies….

Frank Brodie, MD, MBA

Technology for Peripheral Retinal Imaging: We are developing new techniques and technologies to examine the peripheral retina in an effort to detect early changes in retinal disease…

Gerami Seitzman, MD

Infectious Eye Diseases and Dry Eye Conditions: Seitzman's research focuses on infectious eye diseases and dry eye conditions. In particular, she is interested in how modern DNA sequencing techniques and advanced imaging methods…

Jacque Duncan, MD

High resolution retinal imaging in inherited retinal degeneration: Dr. Duncan's translational research uses adaptive optics scanning laser ophthalmoscopy (AOSLO) imaging of human photoreceptors to studying changes in cone structure and function…

Jeremy Keenan, MD, MPH

Reducing the Global Burden of Blindness: Dr. Keenan is an epidemiologist and ophthalmologist with clinical specialties of cornea and uveitis. His research focuses on strategies to reduce the global burden of blindness, with…

Joey Hsia, MD

Specializing in Treating Glaucoma in Adults: Dr. Hsia's research interests include how to improve outcomes in glaucoma surgery and understanding glaucoma among patients with high levels of myopia, or nearsightedness…

John Gonzales, MD

Diagnosis and Management of Infectious and Non-Infectious Inflammatory Eye Conditions: Dr. Gonzales's interest involves the diagnosis and management of infectious and non-infectious inflammatory conditions of the eyes (uveitis)…

Jonathan C. Horton M.D., Ph.D.

Neural Mechanisms Underlying Visual Loss: Jonathan C. Horton, MD, PhD specializes in neuro-ophthalmology, pediatric ophthalmology, strabismus, and the treatment of double vision…

Julie Schallhorn, MD, MS

Anterior Segment Disease and Refractive Surgery: Dr. Julie Schallhorn is an ophthalmologist who treats cataracts and diseases of the cornea. Schallhorn's research focuses on the study of anterior segment disease and refractive surgery…

Julius Oatts, MD

Medical and Surgical Treatment of Children: Dr. Oatts's research focuses on the most accurate ways to measure eye pressure in children…

Kayarat Nair, PhD

Mechanisms of Glaucoma and Ocular Growth: The Nair lab studies the genetics and biology of ocular diseases with a primary focus on glaucoma and relevant phenotypes. Glaucoma is a heterogeneous group of diseases characterized by…

Leila Shirazi, OD

Strabismus, Amblyopia and Other Eye Disorders: In addition to treating patients, Shirazi is a researcher with the Pediatric Eye Disease Investigator Group, a collaborative network of ophthalmologists and optometrists funded by…

Luca Della Santina, Ph.D., Pharm.D.

AI applied to large-scale physiology/connectivity of blinding diseases: Dr. Della Santina is an experienced neuroscientist and data scientist with particular focus on
neurodegenerative diseases, retinal physiology, neuronal connectivity and AI applied…

M. Reza Vagefi, MD

Orbital Inflammation, Infection, and Rehabilitation: Dr. M. Reza Vagefi specializes in plastic and reconstructive surgery of the eyelids, tear drainage system, orbit (eye socket) and face. His areas of expertise and interest include aesthetic…

Maanasa Indaram, M.D.

Treatments for Strabismus and Keratoconus: Dr. Maanasa Indaram is a pediatric ophthalmologist and adult strabismus specialist. She is the Medical Director of UCSF’s Pediatric Ophthalmology and Adult Strabismus…

Matilda Chan, MD, PhD

Molecular Mechanisms Underlying Corneal Injury, Inflammation, and Repair: Dr. Chan is focused on the role of matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) in modulating various aspects of corneal repair after injury including inflammation, neovascularization, and fibrosis. She is…

Maxence Nachury, PhD

The Molecular Basis of Ciliopathies: The Nachury lab studies the primary cilium, a hair-like projection of the cell that is required for vision, olfaction and developmental signaling….

Melike Pekmezci, M.D.

Diagnostic and prognostic markers of ocular neoplasms: Dr. Pekmezci's translational research focuses on the molecular and immunohistochemical markers used in the diagnosis and prognostication of retinoblastoma, ocular surface neoplasm and uveal melanoma….

Michele Bloomer, MD

Diagnosing Complex and Unusual Eye Diseases: As director of one of the world’s top eye pathology laboratories, UCSF Ocular Pathology, Dr. Bloomer consults with ophthalmologists across the country to diagnose complex…

Neel Pasricha, MD

Ocular Surface Electrophysiology: Dr. Pasricha's research applies ocular surface electrophysiology to study ion transport and develop novel diagnostic tests and transporter-targeted therapeutics for dry eye disease…

Neeti Parikh, MD

Medical Education Research: Dr. Parikh is interested and involved with medical education research, specifically dealing with the field of ophthalmology, both in undergraduate and graduate medical education…

Nisha Acharya, M.D., M.S.

Ocular Inflammatory Diseases and Uveitis: Dr. Acharya is the Elizabeth C. Proctor Distinguished Professor at the F.I. Proctor Foundation and Departments of Ophthalmology, Epidemiology and Biostatistics at UCSF and the Director of the Uveitis and Ocular…

Ricardo Lamy, MD, PhD

Corneal Diseases and Early Translational Research: Dr Ricardo Lamy is passionate about innovation in life sciences and early translational research…

Robert Kersten, MD

Specialist in Oculoplastic Surgery: Dr. Robert C. Kersten, chief of ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgery for UCSF ophthalmology, is a specialist in oculoplastic surgery, procedures to treat the area around the eyes…

Robert Stamper, MD

Diagnosing Glaucoma Early to Prevent Vision Loss: Dr. Robert Stamper is an ophthalmologist who specializes in glaucoma and cataract surgery. He serves as director of the UCSF Glaucoma Clinic. Stamper's research…

Saras Ramanathan, MD

Surgical Simulation and Cataract Surgery Teaching Methodology: Dr. Saras Ramanathan is the Division Chief of Comprehensive Ophthalmology who specializes in the surgical treatment of cataracts, particularly complex cases…

Seanna Grob, MD

Orbit and Oculofacial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon: Dr. Seanna Grob is an Orbit and Oculofacial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon. Her areas of interest include eyelid reconstruction after trauma, surgery, or cancer removal…

Stephen D. McLeod, MD

McLeod Research: Research interests include the study of improved strategies for diagnosis and management of eye infections and advanced cataract and refractive surgery technology….

Talita Cunha Namgalies, MD

Strabismus: Dr. Namgalies's research focus is strabismus –  or eye misalignment. In children Strabismus can cause amblyopia, or poor visual development, in the eye that isn't straight. This can…

Taras Litvin, PhD, OD

Management of Glaucoma and Diabetic Retinopathy: Litvin's research focuses on developing and applying novel diagnostic techniques in the management of glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy, a condition in which…

Thomas Lietman, MD

Trachoma, Childhood Mortality, and Corneal Ulcer Treatment and Prevention: His research group has considerable experience with individual and community-randomized trials of trachoma, childhood mortality, and corneal ulcer treatment and prevention…

Thuy Doan, MD, PhD

Ocular Infection and Inflammation, Microbiomes, and Antimicrobial Resistance: Dr. Doan is the Director of the Ralph and Sophie Heintz Laboratory.  Her current research uses genomic technologies to characterize microbiomes, antimicrobial resistance, and…

Travis Porco, PhD, MPH

Trachoma, Ebola Virus Disease, Measles, and Other Communicable Diseases: Dr. Porco is a mathematical epidemiologist and biostatistician who has contributed to projects involving trachoma, Ebola virus disease, measles, and other communicable diseases…

Tyson Kim, MD, PhD

Advanced Optical Methods for Studying Eye Disease: Dr. Kim is a clinician-scientist with a background in biological and optical engineering, vascular development, and ophthalmology. He is passionate about innovation and his research centers on studying…

Xin Duan, PhD

The molecular and cellular basis of neural circuit wiring and rewiring: Dr. Duan’s goal is to reconstruct neural circuits and restore normal function in the setting of neuronal injury. Trainees will develop skills in imaging using confocal microscopy…

Ying Han, MD, PhD

Novel Microfluidic Meshworks for Use in Glaucoma Drainage Implants: Dr. Han is a glaucoma specialist whose research addresses the need for improved and fibrosis-free surgical implants for glaucoma. In collaboration with bioengineers and material sciences…

Yvonne Ou, MD

Cellular and Synaptic Mechanisms of Glaucomatous Neurodegeneration: The Ou laboratory studies the cellular and synaptic mechanisms of glaucomatous neurodegeneration. We are particularly interested in understanding the earliest steps of inner retina…