Ophthalmology Research Labs

Detailed information about research in the Department of Ophthalmology can be found on our faculty members' lab websites.

Jerry Y. Niederkorn, Ph.D.

Vice Chair, Research
Professor of Ophthalmology and Microbiology
George A. and Nancy P. Shutt Professorship in Medical Science
Royal C. Miller Chair in Age-Related Macular Degeneration Research

Research interests: Ocular immunology, tumor immunology, ocular parasitic diseases, microbiology

Dr. Niederkorn’s laboratory website

Dr. Niederkorn’s recent publications

Igor A. Butovich, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Ophthalmology

Research interests: Biochemistry, biophysics, physiology, and pathology of tear film and ocular surface, dry eye, metabolism of lipids, lipoxygenase and its reactions, omega-3 fatty acids and their derivatives in inflammation, cancer, and neuroprotection.

Dr. Butovich’s laboratory website

Dr. Butovich’s recent publications

Yu-Guang He, M.D.

Professor of Ophthalmology
Zora Meagher Macular Degeneration Research Professorship
Josephine Long Biddle Chair in Age-Related Macular Degeneration Research

Research interests: Vitreoretinal disease, including macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and retinal detachment

Dr. He’s laboratory website

Dr. He’s recent publications

John D. Hulleman, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and Pharmacology

Research interests: Age-related macular degeneration, inherited retinal dystrophies and degeneration, ocular protein misfolding diseases, stress-responsive signaling, chemical biology, drug discovery

Dr. Hulleman's laboratory website

Dr. Hulleman's recent publications

James P. McCulley, M.D.

Professor and Chair of Ophthalmology
The David Bruton, Jr. Chair in Ophthalmology

Research interests: Corneal and external disease, cataracts and anterior segment surgery, corneal transplantation, keratorefractive surgery (e.g. LASIK), tissue culture of corneal endothelium and epithelium, herpes simplex ocular disease, chronic blepharitis, Acanthamoeba keratitis, ocular chemical injuries, in vitro alternatives to acute toxicity testing in animals

Dr. McCulley’s laboratory website

Dr. McCulley’s recent publications

V. Vinod Mootha, M.D.

Professor of Ophthalmology

Research interests: Cornea and external disease, LASIK, cataract surgery, corneal transplant surgery, Descemet stripping automated endothelial keratoplasty (DSAEK), deep anterior lamellar keratoplasty (DALK), genetic basis of corneal disorders

Dr. Mootha’s laboratory website

Dr. Mootha’s recent publications

W. Matthew Petroll, Ph.D.

Professor of Ophthalmology
Chair, Graduate Program in Biomedical Engineering

Research interests: Cell mechanics, digital imaging, confocal microscopy, corneal wound healing

Dr. Petroll’s laboratory website

Dr. Petroll’s recent publications

Danielle M. Robertson, O.D., Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Ophthalmology

Research interests: Corneal cell biology, ocular surface reconstruction, microscopy

Dr. Robertson's laboratory website

Dr. Robertson’s recent publications

Rafael Ufret-Vincenty, M.D.

Associate Professor of Ophthalmology

Research interests: Age-related macular degeneration and vitreoretinal diseases

Dr. Ufret’s laboratory website

Dr. Ufret’s recent publications