Top-Tier Rankings in 2019!

This year we ranked #3 for NIH awards to Departments of Ophthalmology nationwide. We also continued to be ranked in the top 10 Departments of Ophthalmology nationwide by the 2019 US News and World Report.


Awardees of NIH Grants

Seventeen vision scientists in the Department of Ophthalmology and Proctor Foundation currently serve as principal investigators for 29 grants awarded by the US National Institutes of Health. In 2018, the merit of UCSF faculty research was reflected in the publication of more than 200 peer-reviewed articles in prestigious journals including The New England Journal of Medicine, Nature Genetics, Neuron, Ophthalmology, and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. These insights and successes bring us closer to a world with sight for all.

We are proud of our Principal Investigators with active NIH Research Grants and New Awards!

Uveitis and Inflammatory Disease
Ocular Oncology
Medical Cornea
Uveitis and the Ocular Biome

Retinal Physiology

Visual System Development and Glaucoma/Genetics

Macular Degeneration/Cellular Biology

Cornea, External Disease, and Epidemiology

Glaucoma and Myopia/Genetics

Visual System Development and Glaucoma

*Multiple NIH grants


Faculty Honors

Career Development Award Research to Prevent Blindness

Catherine Oldenburg,ScD, MPH

Dr. Oldenburg evaluates an antibiotics intervention that may lead to trachoma elimination in an Ethiopian area with the world’s highest infection rate.


2020 Cogan Award Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology

Maxence Nachury, PhD

The award recognizes Dr. Nachury as an outstanding young researcher who has made “important and worthwhile contributions to research…directly related to disorders of the human eye or visual system, and who shows substantial promise for future contributions.”


Invited Lecturer Royal College of Ophthalmologists Annual Congress, Glasgow

Anthony Moore, MD, FMedSci