Lbachir BenMohamed, Ph.D.Donald Brown, Ph.D.James Jester, Ph.D.
Tibor Juhasz, Ph.D.M. Cristina Kenney, M.D., Ph.D.
Henry Klassen, M.D., Ph.D.
Anthony Nesburn, M.D.
Eric Pearlman, Ph.D.Jing Yang M.D.

Research

UC Irvine's Gavin Herbert Eye Institute and Department of Ophthalmology has assembled a unique, world-class group of scientists, engineers and physicians who conduct patient-oriented basic science and applied research on the next generation of sight-saving devices, drugs and procedures.

This internationally recognized team of investigators includes basic and clinical scientists who have placed UC Irvine into the top echelon of U.S. institutions receiving National Institutes of Health grants for vision research. Many are pioneers in the development of ophthalmic lasers and refractive surgical technologies. Others are at the forefront of stem cell treatments for such conditions as macular degeneration, retinitis pigmentosa and corneal disease. All are focused on developing the treatments of the future that will prevent vision loss.

Basic research studies currently include:

  • Stem cells for retinal regeneration in macular degeneration and retinitis pigmentosa
  • Regenerative medicine for retinal and corneal diseases
  • Genetics of macular degeneration to improve treatment outcomes
  • Safety testing of medications used in treating retinal disorders
  • The role of environmental factors in retinal degeneration
  • Imaging the optic nerve in glaucoma patients
  • Development new therapies for glaucoma
  • Understanding and preventing corneal scarring
  • Understanding and preventing vision loss from herpes infections

Clinical research studies currently include:

  • Clinical trials for diabetic macular edema, diabetic retinopathy and vitreous hemorrhage
  • Clinical trials for both "wet" and "dry" age-related macular degeneration
  • Clinical trials for retinal vein occlusion
  • Clinical trials for vitreomacular traction
  • Clinical trials for retinal detachment
  • Clinical trials for imaging the optic nerve in patients with glaucoma and macular degeneration
  • Clinical trials for imaging the retina and choroidal vasculature in retinal vein occlusion, diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration
  • Evaluation of the Trabectome instrument in glaucoma treatment
  • Development and testing of new corneal transplant techniques

We welcome your interest in ophthalmological research activities. We encourage medical students, surgical trainees and young investigators to establish mentoring relationships with our faculty members.

If you are interested in research activities or collaboration opportunties within our department, please contact M. Cristina Kenney, M.D., Ph.D., to learn more about laboratory research opportunities or Baruch Kuppermann, M.D., Ph.D. to learn about clinical research opportunities.

 

 

CATARACT SURGERY
Anand Bhatt, M.D.
Marjan Farid, M.D.
Sumit (Sam) Garg, M.D.
Sanjay Kedhar, M.D.
Sameh Mosaed, M.D.
Roger Steinert, M.D.
Matthew Wade, M.D.

COMPREHENSIVE
Kavita K. Rao, M.D.

CORNEA SURGERY
Marjan Farid, M.D.
Sumit (Sam) Garg, M.D.
Sanjay Kedhar
Roger Steinert, M.D.
Matthew Wade, M.D.

GLAUCOMA
Anand Bhatt, M.D.
Sameh Mosaed, M.D.

LASIK REFRACTIVE SURGERY
Marjan Farid, M.D.
Sumit (Sam) Garg, M.D.
Robert Lingua, M.D.
Roger Steinert, M.D.
Matthew Wade, M.D.

NEURO-OPHTHALMOLOGY
Chantal Boisvert, M.D.
R. Wade Crow, M.D.

OPHTHALMIC PATHOLOGY
Donald S. Minckler M.D.

OPHTHALMIC PLASTIC & RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGERY/
OCULOFACIAL COSMETIC SURGERY

Jeremiah Tao, M.D.

OPTOMETRIC SERVICES
Jennifer Che, O.D.
Scott Liegler, O.D.
Kailey Marshall, O.D.

PEDIATRIC OPHTHALMOLOGY
Chantal Boisvert, M.D.
Robert Lingua, M.D.
Jennifer Simpson, M.D.

RESEARCH
Lbachir BenMohamed, Ph.D.
James Jester, Ph.D.
Tibor Juhasz, Ph.D.

M. Cristina Kenney, M.D., Ph.D.
Henry Klassen, M.D., Ph.D.
Anthony Nesburn, M.D.
Eric Pearlman, Ph.D.
Jing Yang M.D.

RETINA/VITREOUS
Baruch Kuppermann, M.D., Ph.D.
Stephanie Lu, M.D.
Mitul Mehta M.D.

UVEITIS
Sanjay Kedhar, M.D.

For ophthalmology
appointments, please call:

Gavin Herbert Eye Institute
949-824-2020

Laser Refractive Surgery
949-824-9970

UC Irvine Medical Center
714-456-7183

Optical Shop
949-824-7690 Phone
949-824-8850 Fax


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