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Research Faculty—Ophthalmology

Cell and Molecular Biology of the Retina

  • William Brunken, PhD
    Professor
    Research Interests:

    Epigenetic regulation of brain and ocular development; the role of extracellular matrix in ocular development and disease. 

  • Bart Farell, PhD
    Associate Professor
    Research Interests:

    Mechanisms of visual perception of 3-D position, motion, color and object shape, investigated by psychophysical methods.

  • Barry Knox, PhD
    Professor and Chair
    Research Interests:

    Visual transduction, Gene Expression, Membrane proteins

  • Francesca Pignoni, PhD
    Associate Professor
    Research Interests:

    Neurogenesis; Retinal Progenitor Cells Specification and Proliferation; Genetic Control of Stem Cell Identity and Maintenance; Disease Genes Analysis in Drosophila

  • Andrea Viczian, PhD
    Assistant Professor
    Research Interests:

    Mammalian retinal stem cells formation; molecular mechanism of retinal cell fate decisions; using cell replacement therapy to heal the blinded eye.

  • Michael Zuber, PhD
    Associate Professor
    Research Interests:

    The molecular basis of retinal stem cell formation; regulating retinal stem/progenitor cell proliferation; using retinal stem/progenitor cells to heal the injured or degenerating retina.

Gene Therapy and Inherited Retinal Diseases

  • William Brunken, PhD
    Professor
    Research Interests:

    Epigenetic regulation of brain and ocular development; the role of extracellular matrix in ocular development and disease. 

  • John Hoepner, MD
    Emeritus
    Research Interests:

    Cataract surgery glaucoma retinal electrophysiology

  • Barry Knox, PhD
    Professor and Chair
    Research Interests:

    Visual transduction, Gene Expression, Membrane proteins

Ocular Tissue Diseases

  • Ann Barker-Griffith, MD
    Professor
    Research Interests:

    Analysis of ocular and other material by SEM-EDS (scanning electron microscopy - energy dispersive X-ray spectrosocpy); complications of ocular region trauma; ultrastructure of trabeculum and vitreous, shaken baby syndrome.  

  • William Brunken, PhD
    Professor
    Research Interests:

    Epigenetic regulation of brain and ocular development; the role of extracellular matrix in ocular development and disease. 

  • Peter Calvert, PhD
    Associate Professor
    Research Interests:

    Molecular mechanisms of protein transport and localization in retinal neurons; mechanisms of retinal degenerative diseases

  • John Hoepner, MD
    Emeritus
    Research Interests:

    Cataract surgery glaucoma retinal electrophysiology

  • Andrea Viczian, PhD
    Assistant Professor
    Research Interests:

    Mammalian retinal stem cells formation; molecular mechanism of retinal cell fate decisions; using cell replacement therapy to heal the blinded eye.

Visual Processing in the Retina and Brain

  • William Brunken, PhD
    Professor
    Research Interests:

    Epigenetic regulation of brain and ocular development; the role of extracellular matrix in ocular development and disease. 

  • Peter Calvert, PhD
    Associate Professor
    Research Interests:

    Molecular mechanisms of protein transport and localization in retinal neurons; mechanisms of retinal degenerative diseases

  • Brad Motter, PhD
    Associate Professor
    Research Interests:

    Visual Neurophysiology; Visual Attention; Visual Search Behavior

  • Eduardo Solessio, PhD
    Assistant Professor
    Research Interests:

    Using electrophysiological and pharmacological tools we are assessing the strength of calcium-dependent feedback loops in rods and cones of Xenopus at various stages of development.