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Bascom Palmer Eye Institute

Experimental Models

The Experimental Models Core, managed by Eleut Hernandez, provides technical services and consultation for use of experimental models in research, and operating rooms and specialized equipment for performing procedures.

The Experimental Models Core is supported by NEI Core Center Grant P30 EY014801. Please cite this grant number on all publications that make use of this core.

Leadership & Management

Rong Wen, M.D.Ph.D., directs the Experimental Models Core. Dr. Weni is appointed as Research Associate Professor of Ophthalmology.


The Experimental Models Core is located on the 3rd floor of the McKnight building.


Procedure and Prep Rooms

The procedure suite consists of 2 sterile rooms with ceiling mounted surgical microscopes equipped with video and computer data acquisition systems. The suite includes a preparation room, sterilization and instrument room, and recovery room.

Retinal Photography & Angiography

The operating scope in Room 1 is fitted with a video camera, tape recorder and monitor. A digital camera and supporting computer system has been purchased and will be installed shortly. The system has been customized for use in fundus photography and fluorescein angiography for various experimental models.

Laser Procedures

The core maintains several lasers for ophthalmic applications, using either slit lamp and microscope delivery systems. Lasers include argon, sapphire and diode lasers.


The core maintains facilities and equipment for performing standard bright flash ERG, including an ERG machine and special dark adaptation room. Customized instrumentation for pattern ERG (PERG) is also available collaboratively.

Non-Invasive Imaging

Customized instrumentation for non-invasive cross-sectional imaging of the retina by spectral domain-Optical Coherence Tomography is available collaboratively.

For more information,
please contact:

Eleut Hernandez

Research Coordinator
Phone: 305-326-6018
McKnight Building, 3rd floor