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Yvonne Ou

Associate Professor in Residence

Vice Chair for Postgraduate Education, Department of Ophthalmology
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.


Luca Della Santina

Assistant Professor

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.


Tonatiuh Garcia Ruiz

Research Specialist

Born and raised in Mexico, Tonatiuh obtained his bachelors in psychology from University of Guadalajara. He is currently a student at San Francisco State University where he is obtaining his M.S. in physiology and behavior biology. Outside of the lab, he enjoys swimming, traveling and Netflix binge-watching.


Jesse Most

Lab Volunteer

Jesse studied economics at UCLA before deciding to pursue a career in medicine. He is currently applying to medical school and is interested in expanding access to preventive medicine to reduce unnecessary suffering and healthcare spending associated with many of the most common diseases.


Manuel Solino

Postdoctoral Fellow

Manuel graduated from Buenos Aires University with a MD and following this he obtained a PhD degree in neuroscience. During that time, he taught Neurophysiology at Buenos Aires University as an assistant instructor. When he is away from the lab he enjoys cooking, music, hiking, and jogging.


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.


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
Esther Choe – pre-medical student
Kelly Mai – U. Michigan medical student Class of 2024
Alan Tran – Doctor of Osteopathy student at A.T. Still University