Vision Research at Yale

Yale scientists have always been at the forefront of vision research. Throughout the decades, the efforts of Yale researchers have led to many crucial discoveries, including:

  • Observations of Retinal Pigment Epithelium transdifferentiation (1950s)
  • Identification of cyclic GMP as an important photoreceptor messenger (1970s)
  • Preclinical development of Timolol (1970s)
  • Identification of the genes for Macular Degeneration (2005 and 2006)

It remains our mission to carry out groundbreaking research on the development, structure, and function of the visual system and uphold our position as a center of excellence. We take very seriously our obligation to translate these research findings into new treatments that can benefit those suffering from blinding eye diseases.

In addition, we provide a rigorous training environment for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows and serve as a center for a wide range of international collaborations.

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Ron Adelman, MD, MPH, MBA, FACS

Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Science

Interim Chairman, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science

Interim Chief of Ophthalmology, Yale New Haven Hospital

Director, Retina and Macula Center

Research Interests

Diabetic Retinopathy; France; Germany; Macular Degeneration; Ophthalmology; Portugal; Retinal Detachment; Retinal Diseases; Spain

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Bo Chen

Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Science and of Neuroscience

Research Interests

Blindness; Neurobiology; Ophthalmology; Retinal Degeneration; Signal Transduction

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Miguel Coca-Prados, PhD

Professor Emeritus of and Professor (Adjunct) of Ophthalmology and Visual Science

Research Interests

Epithelium; Neuropeptides; Ophthalmology; Trabecular Meshwork; Chloride Channels

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Jonathan Demb, PhD

Associate Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Science and of Cellular And Molecular Physiology

Research Interests

Adaptation, Physiological; Neurophysiology; Retinal Ganglion Cells; Synapses; Retinal Cone Photoreceptor Cells; Retinal Bipolar Cells

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In-Jung Kim, PhD

Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Science and of Neuroscience

Research Interests

Human Development; Neurobiology; Neurosciences; Ophthalmology; Vision, Ocular

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Z. Jimmy Zhou, PhD

Marvin L. Sears Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Science and Professor of Cellular and Molecular Physiology and Professor of Neuroscience

Vice Chairman and Director of Research, Ophthalmology and Visual Science

Research Interests

Neurobiology; Ophthalmology; Physiology; Retina; Retinal Diseases

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Jessica Chow, MD

Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Science

Residency Director

Clinical Interests

Ophthalmology

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Michael Ehrlich, MD

Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Science

Director, Oculoplastic and Orbital Surgery, Yale Ophthalmology

Fellowship Director - Oculoplastic Surgery

Research Interests

Blepharospasm; Conditioning, Eyelid; Eye; Ophthalmology; Reconstructive Surgical Procedures

Clinical Interests

Carcinoma, Basal Cell; Cosmetic Techniques; Dacryocystitis; Eyelids; Nasolacrimal Duct; Ophthalmology; Orbital Fractures; Reoperation; Skin Neoplasms; Surgery, Plastic; Chalazion; Reconstructive Surgical Procedures; Lacerations

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Jennifer Galvin, MD

Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Science and of Pediatrics

Director, Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus

Principal Investigator, Yale site for PEDIG (Pediatric Eye Disease Investigator Group)

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Ji Liu, MD

Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Science

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Kathleen Stoessel, MD

Associate Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Science

Director, Retina Fellowship Program

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Christopher Teng, MD

Associate Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Science

Director, Glaucoma Section and Glaucoma Fellowship

Clinical Interests

Cataract; Glaucoma

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Michael Crair, PhD

William Ziegler III Professor of Neuroscience and Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Science

Deputy Chair, Department of Neuroscience

Director, Graduate Studies in Neuroscience

Research Interests

Electrophysiology; Eye; Neurobiology; Neurophysiology; Neurosciences; Ophthalmology; Somatosensory Cortex; Synapses; Visual Cortex; Visual Pathways

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Josephine Hoh, PhD

Associate Professor of Epidemiology (Environmental Health) and of Ophthalmology and Visual Science

Research Interests

Environmental Exposure; Environmental Health; Ophthalmology

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Lawrence Rizzolo, PhD, FARVO

Professor, Clinician-Educator

Director of Medical Studies

Research Interests

Anatomy; Curriculum; Epithelial Cells; Ophthalmology; Pigment Epithelium of Eye; Retina; Models, Educational

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Caroline Zeiss, PhD, DACVP

Professor of Comparative Medicine and Associate Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Science

Director, Mouse Research Pathology Service

Unit Chief, Pathology

Research Interests

Eye; Neurobiology; Ophthalmology; Retina

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David Zenisek, PhD

Professor of Cellular And Molecular Physiology and of Ophthalmology and Visual Science

Research Interests

Cell Biology; Endocytosis; Exocytosis; Ophthalmology; Physiology; Presynaptic Terminals; Retinal Bipolar Cells