Research in the Department of Ophthalmology contributes to a greater understanding of the visual process and the causes of vision loss. Investigations are laboratory- and patient-based, ranging from studies of optic nerve regeneration in glaucoma to ocular drug delivery methods.
The basic sciences represented in the Department include cell and molecular biology, chemistry and biochemistry, electrophysiology, physics, physiology and psychophysics. Vision research is supported by research grants from governmental agencies as well as national and local not-for-profit organizations. Some of the more notable funding sources that the Department is or has benefitted from recently include: National Eye Institute; the National Institute of Health; the National Science Foundation; the Department of Defense; the Department of Veteran Affairs; OneSight Foundation; and the San Antonio Area Foundation. Some of our faculty also participate in clinical trials and have conducted studies for different pharmaceutical companies including Alcon, Eli Lilly, Pfizer, and Genentech.
Ophthalmology Research Meetings
The Ophthalmology Research Meeting is held regularly, generally meeting on a Friday. Lunch is generally provided while research abstracts are presented, ongoing research updates are provided, possible collaborations are discussed, and so on. For more information, including specific dates/times of these meetings, please contact Timothy Duong, Ph.D. who organizes this event.
Research Faculty and Scientists
Randolph Glickman, Ph.D., Director of Basic Science Research
Electrophysiology & Biochemistry
PhD. Degree: University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada (Zoology)
Jeffrey Kiel, Ph.D.
Ph.D. Degree: University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, San Antonio, TX (Physiology)
René Rentería, Ph.D.
Ph.D. Degree: Yale University, New Haven, CT (Neuroscience)
Eric Muir, Ph.D.
Instructor/Research - Department of Ophthalmology
MRI Retinal Imaging - Research Imaging Institute
Ph.D. Degree: Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta (Bioengineering)
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Qiang Shen, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor/Research - Department of Ophthalmology
Magnetic Resonance Imaging - Research Imaging Institute
Ph.D. Degree: Xi''an Jiaotong University, Xi''an, China (Biomedical Engineering)