Charting a Course

In Ophthalmology Research

Chemicals in a research lab

Approximately 50% of our faculty members are actively engaged in research

A Multidisciplinary Approach

We’re a leading research institution with programs ranging from translational and epidemiological studies to molecular, cellular, biochemical and genetic analyses of the visual system from the ocular surface to vision centers in the brain.

The research interests of faculty are diverse and include:

  • Cellular and molecular immunology of the cornea and conjunctiva including virology of Herpes infections
  • Trabecular meshwork cell biology and the pharmacology of outflow facility
  • RPE and retinal ganglion cell dysfunction in age-related disease
  • The genetics of retinal degeneration
  • Epidemiology
  • Nutritional biochemistry and human molecular genetics of age-related eye diseases
  • Ocular oncology, ocular gene therapy
  • Human retinal development

As one of the leading research institutions in the country, our basic science and clinical researchers are proud to make impactful sight-saving discoveries through collaboration and innovation.

Hear from the Leaders of our Research Team

Vice Chair of Research Curtis Brandt, PhD, and Director of Translational Research Christina Thomas-Virnig, PhD, provide an overview of research efforts at the UW Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, ranging from current, collaborative projects to future endeavors.


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