Research Opportunities

Leaders in ophthalmology must not only practice what is known, but also advance the field through research and publication. Each resident is expected to design, conduct, and publish a research study on a clinical, surgical, educational or evidence-based medicine research question in the field of ophthalmology. Research findings will be presented at the UTMB Health OVS Summer Resident Research Day or another professional conference. ARVO abstracts are due in December. Effective on January 2015, the Ophthalmology Departments at the University of Texas Medical Branch and the Houston Methodist Hospital will sponsor the Annual National Resident Research Conference (NERC). Residents in the department will the opportunity to participate in the NERC.

Every clinical research project (even chart reviews) must have UTMB Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval. Every research project using animals must have UTMB Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) approval.

Statistic analysis for the projects is supported by Dr. Yong Fang-Kuo, Director of Office of Biostatistics in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Community Health (E-mail: yokuo@utmb.edu; phone: 25276) or Sarah Flores (E-mail:sflores422Qgmail.com; phone: 979-450-9776).

Research Rotation

Our residents are given flexible time during certain rotations to develop and complete a research project, in addition to utilizing their free time and weekend hours as necessary. Drs. Wenbo Zhang (Associate Program Director for research) and Massoud Motamedi (Vice Chair for Research) will coordinate research facilities in the campus and facilitate residents to develop publishable projects after residents are enrolled in the program. With the assistance of our clinical and basic science faculty, our residents are expected to submit at least one article for publication during their residency.

Post -Residency Ph.D. Program

OVS offers a unique program for clinicians with a strong research interest in visual sciences. In conjunction with the UTMB Health graduate program, residents can begin graduate work towards a Ph.D. in Neuroscience or Neurobiology during their time here.

Clinicians who have finished their residency work also are eligible. Depending on research progress, it is estimated that residents can earn Ph.D. degrees within two years of residency completion. The OVS research faculty are recognized experts in cell and molecular biology and bioengineering.

Faculty Research


  • Stephanie Blase

  • Jiyang Cai, PhD

    Jiyang Cai, PhD
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  • Yan Chen, PhD

    Yan Chen, PhD
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  • Steven Giannos

    Steven  Giannos

  • Edward Kraft

    Edward Kraft

  • Massoud Motamedi, PhD

    Massoud Motamedi, PhD
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  • Valentina Reffatto, PhD

  • Mary Schmitz-Brown

    Mary Schmitz-Brown 

  • Tamila Williams

  • Wenbo Zhang PhD

    Wenbo Zhang PhD
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