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Bascom Palmer Eye Institute

Ocular Oncology Laboratory

The ocular oncology laboratory is dedicated to research leading directly to better treatments for ocular tumors. The focus is on combined modality focal therapies. Experimental models are utilized to investigate tumor responses to periocular chemotherapy, external beam radiotherapy, and hyperthermia. The lab actively translates new findings to the clinic.

Directed by Dr. J. William Harbour, the lab focuses on the identification of genetic, epigenetic and genomic abnormalities that lead to poor patient outcome in uveal melanoma, retinoblastoma and other eye cancers, with the goal of developing more accurate prognostic biomarkers and targeted molecular therapies that will lead to improved survival.

Read more about the lab’s current research projects and highlights.

Lab Members

Meet the ocular oncology laboratory’s team of visionary scientists.

Ocular Oncology Team

Ocular Oncology Team

Program Director

J. William Harbour, M.D.
Director of Ocular Oncology
Mark J. Daily Chair in Ophthalmology
Vice Chairman for Translational Research
Read more about Dr. Harbour


Biomedical Research Building


Christina Decatur