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Faculty & Staff


Krystel Huxlin

Krystel R. Huxlin, PhD
Associate Chair for Research


Administrative Staff

DollieDollie Aiken
Principal Research Administrator
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Alejita TrinidadAlejita Trinidad
Administrative Assistant
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Director of Research Imaging

RachelRachel Hollar
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Primary Faculty

David DiLoreto
Research Interest: VEGF trap treatment for age related macular degeneration and Age related eye disease study 2
Steven Feldon
Research Interest: Thyroid-associated eye disease. Cranial nerve palsies, disorders of the optic nerve, visual field loss, and eye movement problems
Matthew Gearinger
Research Interest: Myopia management, pediatric cataract and strabismus clinical trials. Educational innovations in the delivery of didactic sessions, surgical simulations and tele-education.
Mithra Gonzalez
Research Interest: Orbital and facial trauma, disease and congenital anomalies
Krystel Huxlin
Research Interest:

Neural mechanisms of visual recovery after stroke; optical correlates and molecular substrates of corneal wound healing and nerve regeneration; LIRIC

Amy Kiernan
Research Interest: Molecular development of the eye and inner ear; anterior segment dysgenesis (ASD) and developmental glaucoma; congenital deafness and vestibular dysfunction
Alex Levin
Research Interest: Ocular Genetics and gene therapy, Children’s Vision Screening, Pediatric Glaucoma, Cataract and uveitis, Ocular manifestations of Child Abuse, Bioethics
Richard Libby
Research Interest: Neurobiology of glaucoma, molecular processes that lead to retinal ganglion cell death.
Scott MacRae
Research Interest: The design of numerous refractive surgical instruments, laser surgery techniques and he holds the patent on a commonly used astigmatism treatment.
Susana Marcos
Research Interest:

The development of imaging techniques for investigation of the human visual system, and the development of new vision correction alternatives

Juliette McGregor
Research Interest:

Optogenetic and photoreceptor replacement therapies to restore vision to the blind with particular emphasis on the challenges caused by the unusual anatomy and physiology of the fovea. Adaptive optics calcium imaging in the living eye to evaluate restored retinal function at the cellular scale in vivo.

William Merigan
Research Interest: Biological visual restoration; Organization of visual cortex in humans and non-human primates
Naveen Mysore
Research Interest: Corneal Dystrophies, Dry Eye, Cataracts, Keratitis, Ocular Herpes, Keratoconus, Corneal Trauma, Refractive Error
Rajeev Ramchandran
Research Interest: Dr. Ramchandran performs retinal surgeries, laser therapy, intravitreal injections as well as medical retina. His other interests include health policy and economics, telemedicine and international ophthalmology.
Jesse Schallek
Research Interest: Developing technologies to measure blood flow in the living Eye to examine the condition of the retina in health and disease.
Ruchira Singh
Research Interest:

Using patient-derived human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) to study the molecular mechanism of specific retinal and neurological diseases and applying that knowledge to pharmacologically target certain retinal disorders in patient-derived cells.

Regina Smolyak
Research Interest: Glaucoma research
Michael Telias
Research Interest:

Retinal degeneration and maladaptive plasticity in inner retinal circuits.

Collynn Woeller
Research Interest: Understanding the key molecular and cellular pathways involved in eye disease, with a particular focus on Thyroid Eye Disease (TED)
Rachel Wozniak
Research Interest:

Pathogenesis of bacterial corneal infections and novel antimicrobial drug discovery

Research Faculty

Matthew Cavanaugh
Research Interest:

Cortical visual impairment (pediatric), stroke-induced blindness, visual assessment, vision restoration therapies

Secondary Faculty

Mark Buckley
Research Interest: Viscoelasticity in soft biological tissues; soft tissue aging, disease and repair
Paul Dunman
Research Interest:

Antimicrobial drug discovery using pathogenic Staphylococcus aureus and Acinetobacter baumannii: exploiting components of the bacterial RNA metabolism machinery; characterizing prokaryotic ribonucleases; understanding the impact of the host environment on antibiotic resistance and virulence factor expression. 

Brent Johnson
Research Interest: Statistical methodology for biomedical and public health applications including semi-parametric and non-parametric methods in missing data problems, measurement error, and survival analysis.
Steven Silverstein
Research Interest:

Impairments of perceptual function and organization in schizophrenia and other neuropsychiatric disorders, their relationship to symptom emergence (e.g., in terms of altered predictive coding, or altered contextual modulation) and the possibility of performing visual remediation of low- and mid-level visual disturbances in these conditions.

Silvia Sörensen
Research Interest: Human Development and Aging with particular interests in facilitating well-being among vulnerable older adults and their families.
Duje Tadin
Research Interest: Understanding neural mechanisms of human visual perception using psychophysics, brain stimulation and computational modeling. Current work includes the study of vision in stroke, low-vision, TBI, autism, cognitive aging and schizophrenia.
David Williams
Research Interest: The latest optical technology arising from fields such as microscopy and astronomy to address questions about the fundamental limits of human vision as well as the causes of retinal disease.
Zoe Williams
Research Interest: Hemianopia and optic neuropathy
James Zavislan
Research Interest: Modeling and measuring the coherence properties of returned light through biomedical imaging, material science, remote sensing

Adjunct Faculty

Jennifer Hunter
Research Interest:

Mechanisms of light-induced retinal damage and development of non-invasive fluorescence imaging techniques to study retinal function in healthy and diseased eyes.