Researchers

  • Boulton, Michael E., PhD

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    Areas of Interest
    using cell and molecular approaches to better understand retinal aging and the pathogenesis of age-related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy.

  • Curcio, Christine A., PhD

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    Professor; White-McKee Endowed Professor in Ophthalmology; Director of the AMD Histopathology Lab

    Areas of Interest
    aging and age-related macular degeneration — pathogenesis, image validation, and genomics

  • DeCarlo, Dawn K., OD, PhD, MS, MSPH

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    Professor; Director, UAB Center for Low Vision Rehabilitation

    Areas of Interest
    low vision rehabilitation, pediatric vision impairment, macular degeneration

  • Downs, J. Crawford, PhD

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    Professor

    Areas of Interest
    ocular biomechanics, glaucoma

  • Dreer, Laura, PhD

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    Associate Professor; Director, Psychological & Neuropsychology Clinical Research Services

    Areas of Interest
    adjustment to chronic health conditions; development of health promotion interventions for patients and family caregivers

  • Fazio, Massimo Antonio, PhD

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    Associate Professor

    Areas of Interest
    investigating intraocular pressure (IOP) and structural changes in the eye in relationship to age, race, and ocular diseases like glaucoma

  • Gamlin, Paul D., PhD

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    Professor; Director of Basic and Translational Research 

    Areas of Interest
    neural control of eye movements, retinal and central visual processing, circadian rhythms, autonomic control of the eye, ocular gene therapy

  • Girkin, Christopher A., MD, MSPH, FACS

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    Professor; EyeSight Foundation of Alabama Endowed Chair, UAB Callahan Eye Hospital

    Areas of Interest
    pediatric and adult glaucoma, complex cataracts

  • Grant, Maria, MD

    grant web1Professor; Eivor and Alston Callahan, MD, Endowed Chair in Ophthalmology

    Areas of Interest
    stem cells for repair and regeneration 




  • Grytz, Rafael, PhD

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    Associate Professor

    Areas of Interest
    growth and remodeling mechanisms in myopia, keratoconus, and glaucoma

  • Mason, John O., MD

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    Associate Professor

    Areas of Interest
    diagnostic evaluation, treatment, and surgical management of diseases of the vitreous, retina, macula, and choroid

  • McGwin, Gerald, MS, PhD

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    Professor; Associate Director, Clinical Research Unit

    Areas of Interest
    epidemiology

  • Owsley, Cynthia, PhD, MSPH

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    Professor; Nathan E. Miles Chair of Ophthalmology; Director, Clinical Research Unit

    Areas of Interest
    aging-related vision impairment and eye disease; vision and driving; improving eye care access and quality for underserved populations

  • Racette, Lyne, PhD

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    Areas of Interest
    early detection of glaucoma progression, structure-function relationship and racial differences in glaucoma, adherence to glaucoma treatment



  • Read, Russell W., MD, PhD

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    Professor; Vice Chair of Education; Residency Program Director

    Areas of Interest
    ocular inflammatory diseases, including uveitis, iritis, and scleritis

  • Rhodes, Lindsay, MD

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    Associate Professor

    Areas of Interest
    cataract surgery, medical and surgical management of adult glaucoma, clinical research

  • Samuels, Brian C., MD, PhD

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    Associate Professor; Interim Chair; Dennis Endowed Professor in Glaucoma Research

    Areas of Interest
    medical and surgical treatment of glaucoma including laser therapy; comprehensive ophthalmology including cataract surgery; research and development of glaucoma devices; role of the central nervous system in the development and progression of glaucoma

  • Vaphiades, Michael S., DO

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    Professor; Chief, Neuro-Ophthalmology and Electrophysiology Services

    Area of Interest
    neuro-ophthalmology

  • Witherspoon, C. Douglas, MD, FACS

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    Professor Emeritus

    Areas of Interest
    vitreoretinal surgery, ocular trauma, microsurgical instrument development and translational research/retinal gene therapy