The lab's basic and translational research programs span retinal ganglion cell and optic nerve development, survival and regeneration relevant to vision restoration in glaucoma and other optic neuropathies.

  • Vis-OCT uses visible wavelengths (560 nm +/- 50 nm) to provide ultra-high resolution, three-dimensional imaging (1 to 2 microns) of the retinal layer anatomy. The ultra-high-resolution of vis-OCT enables sub-laminae to be distinguished within the inner plexiform layer (IPL), a site where retinal ganglion cells synapse to other retinal neurons. The ability to discern these connections opens the possibility of sensitively detecting RGC damage by measuring the thickness of the sub-laminae.