At the Byers Eye Institute and Spencer Vision Research Center at Stanford, the Myung Research Group is an NIH-funded translational laboratory focused on two areas of clinical need:

(1)   ophthalmic regenerative medicine through tissue engineering and drug delivery

(2)   global health through mobile technologies and telemedicine 

We partake in a combined approach toward fostering regeneration of ocular tissues, by using chemistry to not only to build biomimetic cellular architectures but also to target and release bioactive molecules to promote healing.  Collaborating with researchers in the Materials Science & Engineering Department and the University of Illinois at Chicago, current projects are directed toward the localized delivery of growth factors and/or stem cells to wound sites, the synthesis of bioactive wound dressings and vehicles, and the creation of biopolymeric tissue scaffolds. 

The advent of consumer mobile technologies enables diagnostics and patient care to extend outside of traditional health care settings.  We seek to challenge current paradigms of eye care delivery through new digital health technologies to increase access to care in resource-limited settings both in the US and abroad.  Current projects include evaluating the utility of smartphone-based ophthalmic cameras for teleophthalmology in a collaboration with the Himalayan Cataract Project and the Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology in Kathmandu, Nepal sponsored by the ASCRS Foundation.