UC Irvine's Gavin Herbert Eye Institute has assembled a unique, world-class group of scientists, engineers and physicians who conduct patient-oriented basic science and applied research on the next generation of sight-saving devices, drugs and procedures.
This internationally recognized team of investigators includes basic and clinical scientists who have placed UC Irvine's School of Medicine in the top echelon of U.S. institutions receiving National Institutes of Health grants for vision research. Many are pioneers in the development of ophthalmic lasers and refractive surgical technologies. Others are at the forefront of stem cell treatments for such conditions as macular degeneration, retinitis pigmentosa and corneal disease. All are focused on developing the treatments of the future that will prevent vision loss.Basic research studies currently include:
We welcome your interest in ophthalmological research activities. We encourage medical students, surgical trainees and young investigators to establish mentoring relationships with our faculty members.
If you are interested in research activities or collaboration opportunities within our department, please contact M. Cristina Kenney, MD, PhD, to learn more about laboratory research opportunities and Baruch Kuppermann MD, PhD, to learn about clinical research opportunities.