Leading research

A multidisciplinary approach to discovery

The Department considers basic science and clinical research as a fundamental pillar of its academic mission and boasts interdisciplinary research programs ranging from translational and epidemiological studies to molecular, cellular, biochemical and genetic analyses of the visual system from the ocular surface to vision centers in the brain. Approximately one-half of our faculty members are actively engaged in research, evenly divided between basic research and epidemiological, or clinical research. These faculty members are supported by more than 150 other staff.

The research interests of faculty are diverse and include cellular and molecular immunology of the cornea and conjunctiva including virology of Herpes infections, trabecular meshwork cell biology and the pharmacology of outflow facility, RPE and retinal ganglion cell dysfunction in age-related disease, the genetics of retinal degeneration, epidemiology, nutritional biochemistry and human molecular genetics of age-related eye diseases, ocular oncology, ocular gene therapy, and human retinal development.

VISION RESEARCH EVENTS

Please join us at an upcoming event to learn about vision research and current discoveries.

 

Fri 15

Grand Rounds: Screening for Open Angle Glaucoma

December 15 @ 7:00 am - 8:00 am
2017 Kambara Symposium
Mar 16

George Kambara, MD, Vision Science Symposium

March 16, 2018 @ 7:30 am - 4:00 pm
Mar 17

AAPOS and ISA Joint Meeting

March 17, 2018 - March 22, 2018

Our Researchers

Neal P. Barney, MD

Neal P. Barney, MD

Professor

608-263-1481

Neal P. Barney
Barbara A. Blodi, MD

Barbara A. Blodi, MD

Professor, Medical Director of the Fundus Photograph Reading Center and Clinical Trials Unit

608-263-7290

Barbara A. Blodi
Yasmin S. Bradfield, MD

Yasmin S. Bradfield, MD

Dr. John Doolittle Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences; Vice-Chair/Education and Faculty Development

608-263-6429

Yasmin S. Bradfield
Curtis R. Brandt, PhD

Curtis R. Brandt, PhD

UW Medical Foundation Professor; Vice Chair of Research

608-262-8054

Curtis R. Brandt
Cat N. Burkat, MD, FACS

Cat N. Burkat, MD, FACS

Associate Professor

608-265-3252

Cat N. Burkat
Yanjun (Judy) Chen, MD, PhD

Yanjun (Judy) Chen, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor

608-263-1481

Yanjun (Judy) Chen
Karen J. Cruickshanks, PhD

Karen J. Cruickshanks, PhD

Professor

608-262-4032

Karen J. Cruickshanks
Ronald P. Danis, MD

Ronald P. Danis, MD

Professor

608-265-5895

Ronald P. Danis

Juliana Falero-Perez

Research Assistant

Juliana Falero-Perez
David M. Gamm, MD, PhD

David M. Gamm, MD, PhD

Associate Professor

608-263-6429

David M. Gamm

Colin Germer

Research Assistant

Colin Germer
Justin L. Gottlieb, MD

Justin L. Gottlieb, MD

Professor

608-263-7290

Justin L. Gottlieb
James N. Ver Hoeve, MS, PhD

James N. Ver Hoeve, MS, PhD

Senior Scientist

608-263-8962

James N. Ver Hoeve
Ronald E. Kalil, PhD

Ronald E. Kalil, PhD

Professor

608-262-4903

Ronald E. Kalil
Paul L. Kaufman, MD

Paul L. Kaufman, MD

Ernst H. Bárány Professor of Ocular Pharmacology, Department Chair Emeritus

(608) 263-6074

Paul L. Kaufman
Barbara E. K. Klein, MD, MPH

Barbara E. K. Klein, MD, MPH

Professor

608-263-0280

Barbara E. K. Klein
Ronald Klein, MD, MPH

Ronald Klein, MD, MPH

Professor

608-263-0280

Ronald Klein
Aparna Lakkaraju, PhD

Aparna Lakkaraju, PhD

Associate Professor

Aparna Lakkaraju

Sarah Lamartina

Research Specialist

Sarah Lamartina
Yao Liu, MD

Yao Liu, MD

Assistant Professor

608-263-1481

Yao Liu
Mark J. Lucarelli, MD, FACS

Mark J. Lucarelli, MD, FACS

Richard K. Dortzbach Professor of Ophthalmic Facial Plastic Surgery

608-265-5900

Mark J. Lucarelli
Julie A. Mares, PhD, MSPH

Julie A. Mares, PhD, MSPH

Professor

608-262-8044

Julie A. Mares
Gillian McLellan, PhD, BVMS

Gillian McLellan, PhD, BVMS

608-265-9848

Gillian McLellan
Mihai Mititelu, MD, MPH

Mihai Mititelu, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor

Mihai Mititelu
Robert W. Nickells, PhD

Robert W. Nickells, PhD

Professor

608-265-6037

Robert W. Nickells
T. Michael Nork, MD, MS, FARVO

T. Michael Nork, MD, MS, FARVO

Professor

608-265-3898

T. Michael Nork
Nader Sheibani, PhD

Nader Sheibani, PhD

Professor

608-263-3345

Nader Sheibani
Kimberly E. Stepien, MD

Kimberly E. Stepien, MD

Associate Professor, Director of the Adult Inherited Retinal Degeneration Clinic, Co-Director of Ocular Genetics Program

Kimberly E. Stepien
Michael C. Struck, MD

Michael C. Struck, MD

Professor

608-263-6429

Michael C. Struck
Terri L. Young, MD, MBA

Terri L. Young, MD, MBA

Peter A. Duehr Professor of Ophthalmology, Pediatrics and Medical Genetics, Chair, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

Terri L. Young