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Bascom Palmer Researchers

Meet Our Researchers

Bascom Palmer Eye Institute’s faculty is dedicated to the creation of new knowledge and technology and its rapid translation into the clinic to help patients. Our mission is to make this happen through innovative research. We strive to be the nation’s pre-eminent research center for the advancement of medicine and technology to conquer eye disease and prevent blindness.

Esdras A. Arrieta-Quintero, M.D.

Esdras A. Arrieta-Quintero, M.D.

Roles: Research Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology
Research Subject: Glaucoma Devices and Surgical Techniques, Phaco Ersatz Cataract Surgery, Ex-Vivo Accommodation, Keratoprostesis
Vision Science Focus: Glaucoma, Cataract Surgery, Cornea Surgery, Accomodation

M. Livia Bajenaru, Ph.D.

Livia M. Bajenaru, Ph.D.

Roles: Research Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology
Research Subject: Neuroprotection and Regeneration After Central Nervous System Injury
Vision Science Focus: Optic Neuropathies, Glaucoma, Retinal Ischemia, Traumatic Optic Nerve Injury, Ocular Tumors, Retinoblastoma and Optic Pathway Glioma, Microb

Sanjoy K. Batthacharya, Ph.D.

Sanjoy K. Bhattacharya, Ph.D.

Roles: Professor of Ophthalmology
Research Subject: Neurodegenerative Disease and Vision
Vision Science Focus: Neurodegenerative Diseases of the Eye, Glaucoma, Multiple Sclerosis and Vision, Learning & Behavior

Delia Cabrera DeBuc, Ph.D.

Delia Cabrera DeBuc, Ph.D.

Roles: Research Associate Professor of Ophthalmology
Research Subject: Quantitative Ophthalmic Imaging
Vision Science Focus: Diabetic Retinopathay, Multiple Sclerosis, Retinitis Pigmentosa, Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Giovanni Gregori, Ph.D.

Giovanni Gregori, Ph.D.

Roles: Scientific Co-Director of The Experimental Imaging Laboratory
Research Subject: Quantitative Ophthalmic Imaging
Vision Science Focus: Retinal Imaging, Image Processing, Optical Coherence Tomography, Mathematical Modeling of Retinal Morphology and Disease Processes.

Abigail S. Hackam, Ph.D.

Abigail S. Hackam, Ph.D.

Roles: Associate Professor of Ophthalmology
Research Subject: Cellular Mechanisms of Retinal Development, Degeneration and Tumorigenesis
Vision Science Focus: Retinal Degeneration, Macular Degeneration, Retinoblastoma

J. William Harbour, M.D.

J. William Harbour, M.D.

Roles: Director of Ocular Oncology and Vice Chairman for Translational Research
Research Subject: Cancer Genetics, Epigenetics and Genomics, Cancer Stem Cells, Metastasis
Vision Science Focus: Eye Cancer, Uveal Melanoma, Retinoblastoma, Personalized Genomic Medicine

XiangRun Huang, Ph.D.

XiangRun Huang, Ph.D.

Roles: Research Associate Professor of Ophthalmology
Research Subject: Optical Properties of Ocular Tissues; Damage Mechanisms of Glaucoma
Vision Science Focus: Physiological Optics, Glaucoma, Retinal Disease

George Inana, M.D., Ph.D.

George Inana, M.D., Ph.D.

Roles: Professor of Ophthalmology and Director of Laboratory of Molecular Genetics
Research Subject: Genetics of Retinal Disease
Vision Science Focus: Visual Processes, Retinal Degeneration, Macular Degeneration

Dmitry V. Ivanov, Ph.D.

Dmitry V. Ivanov, Ph.D.

Roles: Research Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology
Research Subject: Molecular Mechanisms of Sterile Inflammation, Mechanisms that cells use when determining their fate during retinal development
Vision Science Focus: Retinal Degeneration, Retinal Development, Regenerative Medicine

Richard K. Lee, Ph.D.

Richard K. Lee, Ph.D.

Roles: Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology
Research Subject: Cellular Pathophysiology of Glaucoma
Vision Science Focus: Glaucoma and Neuroprotection

Wei Li, Ph.D.

Wei Li, Ph.D.

Roles: Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology
Research Subject: Autoantigen Identification and Retinal Degeneration
Vision Science Focus: Uveitis and Retinal Degeneration

Yiwen Li, M.D.

Yiwen Li, M.D.

Roles: Research Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology
Research Subject: Photoreceptor Cell Biology, Retinal Degeneration, Retinal Neuroprotection, Retinal Vascular Disorders
Vision Science Focus: Photoreceptor Degeneration, Photoreceptor Neuroprotection, Choroidal Neovascularization, and Diabetic Retinopathy

Fabrice Manns, Ph.D.

Fabrice Manns, Ph.D.

Roles: Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Ophthalmology
Research Subject: Lasers and Optics
Vision Science Focus: Physiological Optics and Laser Surgery

Maria E. Marin-Castaño, M.D, Ph.D

Maria E. Marin-Castaño, M.D, Ph.D.

Roles: Research Associate Professor of Ophtalmology
Vision Science Focus: Age-Related Macular Degeneration, Diabetic Retinopathy.

Darlene Miller, D.H.Sc., M.P.H., C.I.C.

Darlene Miller, D.H.Sc., M.P.H., C.I.C.

Roles: Research Associate Professor of Ophthalmology

Jean-Marie Parel, Ph.D.

Jean-Marie Parel, Ph.D.

Roles: Research Professor of Ophthalmology and Henri and Flore Lesieur Chair in Ophthalmology Director, Ophthalmic Biophysics Center
Research Subject: Lasers and Devices
Vision Science Focus: Corneal Disease, Cataract, Glaucoma, Retinal Disease

Daniel Pelaez, Ph.D.

Daniel Pelaez, Ph.D.

Roles: Research Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology
Research Subject: Neurodegenerative Diseases, Endogenous Repair Mechanisms, Stem/Progenitor Cell Biology
Vision Science Focus: Optic and Retinal Neuropathies, Progenitor Cell Neurogenesis, Axonal Guidance; Corneal/Ocular Surface Stem Cells; Orbital Tumors and Cancer

Victor L. Perez, M.D.

Victor L. Perez, M.D.

Roles: Professor of Ophthalmology
Research Subject: Immunology, Autoimmunity and Immunotherapy
Vision Science Focus: Immune Responses to Ocular Allo and Auto Antigens

Vittorio Porciatti, D.Sc.

Vittorio Porciatti, D.Sc.

Roles: Professor of Ophthalmology, Neuroscience and Biomedical Engineering
Director and Vice Chairman of Research
Research Subject: Prevention of Visual Dysfunction
Vision Science Focus: Visual Neurophysiology, Optic Neuropathies

Marco Ruggeri, Ph.D.

Marco Ruggeri, Ph.D.

Roles: Research Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology
Research Subject: Instrumentation and quantitative imaging technologies for diagnostic and surgical applications in ophthalmology, including corneal, cataract, glaucoma, pediatric and retinal diseases
Vision Science Focus: Optical Imaging and Instrumentation, Optical Coherence Tomography, Ocular Biometry, Optics, Accommodation

Mitra Sehi, O.D., M.Sc., Ph.D., F.A.A.O.

Mitra Sehi, O.D., M.Sc., Ph.D., F.A.A.O.

Roles: Research Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology
Research Subject: Mechanism of Glaucomatous Damage, Ocular Hemodynamics, Retinal Ganglion Cells, Retinal Blood Flow, Mathematical Models for the Evaluation of Disease Progression, Economical Aspects of Ocular Diseases
Vision Science Focus: Optic Nerve and Retina

Shestopalov, Valery I.

Valery I. Shestopalov, Ph.D.

Roles: Professor of Ophthalmology
Research Subject: Neurobiology of Retinal Disease, Glia-neuron Crosstalk in Neurodegeneration, Ocular Surface Microbiome
Vision Science Focus: Mechanisms of Ganglion Cell Loss in Glaucoma, Ischemia and Optic Neuropathies. Microbial Ecology of the Ocular Surface

Jianhua (Jay) Wang, M.D., Ph.D., M.S.

Jianhua (Jay) Wang, M.D., Ph.D., M.S.

Roles: Associate Professor of Ophthalmology and Electrical and Computer Engineering

Rong Wen, M.D., Ph.D.

Rong Wen, M.D., Ph.D.

Roles: Professor of Ophthalmology
Research Subject: Photoreceptor Degeneration, Age-Related Macula Degeneration, Diabetic Retinopathy
Vision Science Focus: Retinal Degeneration and Vascular Disorders