About Us

Wert Laboratory Members

Pinkal Patel, Ph.D.

Post-Doctoral Scholar

Pinkal recently completed his Ph.D. (Honors) in Biomedical Sciences (with concentration in Visual Science) from the UNT Health Science Center. His past research training was primarily in the field of primary open angle glaucoma (POAG), investigating the role of mechanical force activated TRPV4 channels and nitric oxide signaling in homeostatic regulation of intraocular pressure (IOP). He also worked towards development and refinement of in vivo and ex vivo ocular disease models. Pinkal is now interested in expanding his research skills from the anterior chamber to the retina. He joined the Wert Laboratory in December 2020, and is looking forward to building his research expertise in neuronal plasticity during retinal development, and how it plays a role in neurodegenerative disease.


Ashley Rowe, B.S.

Research Technician II

Ashley was born and raised near Austin, Texas and moved to the Dallas area to attend college at the University of Texas at Dallas. In December 2019, she completed her Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry, during which she became interested in medical research. She worked as a teaching assistant for the Anatomy and Physiology class where she developed a love for medical science. Ashley also completed an Emergency Medical Technician program, gaining clinical medical knowledge while interning in an Emergency Room. In February of 2020 she joined the Wert Laboratory and is looking forward to combining her clinical knowledge with her love for medical science to start her research career. 


Carey Chafouleas

Administrative Associate


Peter Chen, Ph.D.

Research Program Manager, Department of Ophthalmology