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.

Our Researchers

As one of the leading research institutions in the country, our basic science and clinical researchers are proud to make impactful sight-saving discoveries through collaboration and innovation.

DOVS Basic Science Faculty

Curtis R. Brandt, PhD

UW Medical Foundation Professor; Vice Chair of Research

David M. Gamm, MD, PhD

Professor, Director of the McPherson Eye Research Institute

Paul L. Kaufman, MD

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

Colleen M. McDowell, PhD

William and Phyllis Huffman Research Professor

Robert W. Nickells, PhD

Frederick A. Davis Chair of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences Professor

Nader Sheibani, PhD

Professor, Retina Research Foundation Alice R. McPherson Research Chair

Terri L. Young, MD, MBA, FARVO

Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Peter A. Duehr Professor of Ophthalmology, Pediatrics and Medical Genetics; Pediatric Ophthalmology and Adult Strabismus Service Chief

DOVS Clinical Research Faculty

Barbara A. Blodi, MD

Matthew D. Davis Professor, Fundus Photograph Reading Center Medical Director

Yasmin S. Bradfield, MD

John W. Doolittle Pediatric Ophthalmology Professor

Yanjun (Judy) Chen, MD, PhD

Associate Professor, Neuro-ophthalmology Service Chief

Karina A. Conlin, OD, FAAO

Clinical Adjunct Assistant Professor

Justin L. Gottlieb, MD

Professor, Retina Service Chief

Gregg A. Heatley, MD, MMM

Professor, Glaucoma Service Chief

Daniel W. Knoch, MD

Professor, Director of Medical Student Education

Yao Liu, MD, MS

Assistant Professor

Mark J. Lucarelli, MD, FACS

Richard K. Dortzbach Professor of Ophthalmic Facial Plastic Surgery, Oculoplastic and Reconstructive Surgery Service Chief

Mihai Mititelu, MD, MPH

Associate Professor, Clinical Eye Research Unit Medical Director

Anna C. Momont, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor, Associate Residency Director

Sanbrita Mondal, OD

Clinical Adjunct Assistant Professor, Director of the Low Vision Clinic

Sarah M. Nehls, MD

Professor, Cornea and Anterior Segment Service Chief

Nayan R. Patel, OD

Clinical Adjunct Assistant Professor

Heather A. D. Potter, MD

Associate Professor, Ocular Pathology Service Chief

Stephen K. Sauer, MD

Associate Professor, Comprehensive Ophthalmology Service Chief

Kimberly E. Stepien, MD

Associate Professor, Co-Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs

Andrew T. Thliveris, MD, PhD

Professor, Vice Chair of Resident Education, Veterans Affairs Hospital Service Chief

Affiliate Faculty

Anne Griep, PhD

Professor, Cell and Regenerative Biology

Bikash Pattnaik, PhD, MPhil

Assistant Professor, Pediatrics

Donna Peters, PhD

Professor, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

dmpeter2@wisc.edu

Raunak Sinha, PhD

Assistant Professor, Neuroscience

DOVS PI Scientists

Amitha Domalpally, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor, Fundus Photograph Reading Center Research Director

DOVS Research Trainees

DOVS Research Administration Staff

Michelle E. Chizek

Senior Research Administrator

mchizek@wisc.edu

(608) 263-6072

Inna V. Larsen

Research Administrator, Vision Core & T32 Administrator

ivlarsen@wisc.edu

(608) 265-2572


 

 

VISION RESEARCH EVENTS

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

 

Fri 16
Barbara Blodi, MD speaks at conference.
Oct 14

Age-Related Macular Degeneration Symposium

October 14 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm