Program Description:

For residents who would like to develop and maintain an active research program throughout residency, the department will sponsor a pre-residency research year, after the intern year and prior to initiating their first of three years of clinical ophthalmology training. Participants will establish a research program under faculty mentorship and supervision, and will be able to continue their research throughout their residency. Financial support for the extra year and for research resources throughout the subsequent clinical years will be provided by the department in collaboration with the successful applicant, at a level commensurate with research resource needs from the candidate and the mentor. It is expected that this will allow the successful SOAR resident to initiate a research program that, while still benefiting from mentorship, will lead to their independent research program as a junior faculty member following clinical training. It is further expected that this program will accelerate their readiness to compete for faculty positions and NIH and other funding.

Example timeline:

Final year of medical school (typically) – In the late summer, submit application through SFMatch; if interested in both the standard residency and SOAR program, be sure to include both when submitting SFMatch materials. In November/December, ophthalmology residency interviews are conducted on site for selected residency and SOAR applicants. SOAR applicants may request additional meetings with potential research mentors. After interviews but before rank lists are entered, it is typical for lead SOAR candidates to further investigate potential research mentors, e.g. through video or phone meetings, and communicate potential research plans with the residency director (Suzann Pershing), vice chair for research (Vinit Mahajan), and/or chair (Jeffrey Goldberg).

Year 1 – Internship. During this year, work to establish research and mentorship plan.

Year 2 – Research year at Stanford.

Year 3-5 – Ophthalmology clinical residency with elective time throughout for research continuity.


Lucie Guo, MD, PhD, is the 2019-2020 SOAR resident. She did her internship year at the nearby Santa Clara Valley Medical Center.

Current Trainee:

Lucie Guo, MD, PhD

            MD - Perelman School of Medicine at the University of  Pennsylvania, 2018

            PhD – University of  Pennsylvania, 2018

Lucie graduated from Penn MSTP in 2018, where she did her PhD in chromatin epigenetics in Dr. Ben Black's lab in biochemistry and molecular biophysics. At Stanford she is working in Dr. Stanley Qi's lab in bioengineering, in collaboration with labs of Dr. Yang Hu and Dr. Sui Wang in ophthalmology, to develop and deliver CRISPR-based epigenome editing tools as potential therapeutics for ophthalmic diseases.


Past Trainee:

Luciano Custo Greig, MD, PhD

            MD - Harvard Medical School, 2017

            PhD – Harvard Medical School, 2015

            MS – Yale University, 2007

Luciano completed the MSTP at Harvard making seminal discoveries about neuronal differentiation and specification relevant to how different areas in the central nervous system connect during development. At Stanford he is initiating studies on genetic networks of diabetic and other retinal degenerative diseases using novel single-cell transcriptome techniques, with an eye towards novel gene therapeutic approaches to prevent vision loss.

Last year's SOAR resident, Luciano Custo Greig, MD, PhD, poses with Sui Wang, PhD, outside of the Mary M. and Sash A. Spencer Center for Vision Research at Stanford building.

Luciano Custo Greig, MD, PhD, collaborates with Sui Wang, PhD, on his research in the SOAR Residency Program.