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.

 

Apr 12

George Kambara, MD, Vision Science Symposium

April 12, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Our Researchers

Angie M. Adler

Angie M. Adler

Senior Health Technician/Regulatory Specialist

608-265-7557

Angie M. Adler
Neal P. Barney, MD

Neal P. Barney, MD

Professor

Neal P. Barney
Barbara A. Blodi, MD

Barbara A. Blodi, MD

Professor, Medical Director of the Fundus Photograph Reading Center

Barbara A. Blodi
Yasmin S. Bradfield, MD

Yasmin S. Bradfield, MD

Dr. John Doolittle Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Co-Chair International Ophthalmology Committee

Yasmin S. Bradfield
Curtis R. Brandt, PhD, FARVO

Curtis R. Brandt, PhD, FARVO

UW Medical Foundation Professor; Vice Chair of Research

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

Cat N. Burkat, MD, FACS

Professor, ASOPRS Fellowship Faculty, Co-Chair International Ophthalmology Committee

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

Yanjun (Judy) Chen, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor

Yanjun (Judy) Chen
Karen J. Cruickshanks, PhD

Karen J. Cruickshanks, PhD

Professor

Karen J. Cruickshanks
Kristine A. Dietzman

Kristine A. Dietzman

Senior Research Specialist

Kristine A. Dietzman

Juliana Falero-Perez

Research Assistant

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

David M. Gamm, MD, PhD

Associate Professor

David M. Gamm
Justin L. Gottlieb, MD

Justin L. Gottlieb, MD

Professor

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

James N. Ver Hoeve, MS, PhD

Senior Scientist

James N. Ver Hoeve
Mrinalini Hoon, PhD

Mrinalini Hoon, PhD

Assistant Professor

Mrinalini Hoon
Ronald E. Kalil, PhD

Ronald E. Kalil, PhD

Professor

Ronald E. Kalil
Paul L. Kaufman, MD

Paul L. Kaufman, MD

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

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

Barbara E. K. Klein, MD, MPH

Professor

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

Ronald Klein, MD, MPH

Professor

Ronald Klein

Sarah Lamartina

Research Specialist

Sarah Lamartina
Yao Liu, MD

Yao Liu, MD

Assistant Professor

Yao Liu
Mark J. Lucarelli, MD, FACS

Mark J. Lucarelli, MD, FACS

Program Director, Richard K. Dortzbach Professor of Ophthalmic Facial Plastic Surgery

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

Julie A. Mares, PhD, MSPH

Professor

Julie A. Mares
Gillian McLellan, PhD, BVMS

Gillian McLellan, PhD, BVMS

Gillian McLellan
Mihai Mititelu, MD, MPH

Mihai Mititelu, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor

Mihai Mititelu
Robert W. Nickells, PhD

Robert W. Nickells, PhD

FREDERICK A. DAVIS CHAIR OF OPHTHALMOLOGY AND VISUAL SCIENCES PROFESSOR

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

T. Michael Nork, MD, MS, FARVO

Professor

T. Michael Nork
Jennie R. Perry-Raymond

Jennie R. Perry-Raymond

Clinical Eye Research Unit Manager

608-265-4659

Jennie R. Perry-Raymond
Nader Sheibani, PhD

Nader Sheibani, PhD

Professor

Nader Sheibani
Raunak Sinha, PhD

Raunak Sinha, PhD

Assistant Professor

Raunak Sinha
Christopher M. Smith

Christopher M. Smith

Health Technician, Ophthalmology

Christopher M. Smith
Nickie J. Stangel

Nickie J. Stangel

Associate Health Technician, Ophthalmology

Nickie J. Stangel
Kimberly E. Stepien, MD

Kimberly E. Stepien, MD

Associate Professor; Director of the Adult Inherited Retinal Degeneration Clinic; Co-Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs; Co-Director of Ocular Genetics Program

Kimberly E. Stepien
Michael C. Struck, MD

Michael C. Struck, MD

Professor

Michael C. Struck

Christina Thomas-Virnig, PhD

Translational Research Facilitator

clthoma1@wisc.edu

Christina Thomas-Virnig
Terri L. Young, MD, MBA

Terri L. Young, MD, MBA

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

Terri L. Young