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Biomedical Science and Disease

Researchers in the area of Biomedical Sciences and Disease are engaged in projects in the three broad areas of myopia, accommodation, and ocular drug delivery.

Faculty involved in Biomedical Science and Disease Research

  • Steven Koevary, PhD
    Ocular Drug Delivery: Steven Koevary’s research aims to investigate the feasibility of non-invasively delivering ocular therapeutics, such as monoclonal antibodies, to the retina for the treatment of conditions such as retinopathy and macular degeneration. 
  • Debora Nickla, PhD
    Myopia: Debora Nickla’s research examines the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying the development of myopia in her lab, with specific regard to the role of ocular circadian rhythms. A related line of investigation in Dr. Nickla’s work looks at the influence of the choroid on the visual regulation of eye growth.
  • Frances Rucker, MSc, PhD
    Accommodation: Frances Rucker’s research is designed to identify the signals that provide cues for focusing the eye during ocular accommodation and post-natal development, and comparatively in far versus near-sighted people.