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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.

M. Livia Bajenaru, Ph.D.

Livia M. Bajenaru, Ph.D.

Vision Science Focus: Optic neuropathies, glaucoma, neurodegenerative diseases, microbial keratitis, retinoblastoma

Sanjoy K. Batthacharya, Ph.D.

Sanjoy K. Bhattacharya, Ph.D.

Roles: Associate 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, and Computational modeling of corneal ref

Giovanni Gregori, Ph.D.

Giovanni Gregori, Ph.D.

Roles: Scientific Co-Director of The Experimental Imaging Laboratory at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute
Research Subject: Quantitative Ophthalmic Imaging
Vision Science Focus: Retinal Imaging, Image Processing, Optical Coherence Tomography, Mathematical modeling or 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

XiangRun Huang, Ph.D.

XiangRun Huang, Ph.D.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Jean-Marie Parel, Ph.D.

Jean-Marie Parel, Ph.D.

Roles: Research Professor of Ophthalmology 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

Victor L. Perez, M.D.

Victor L. Perez, M.D.

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

Shestopalov, Valery I.

Valery I. Shestopalov, Ph.D.

Roles: Associate 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

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 Degenerations and Vascular Disorders