• Research Faculty

  • A photo of Richard Lang.

    Richard A. Lang, PhD Director, Visual Systems Group

    has two major research interests. First, the lab is interested in mechanisms of signaling and morphogenesis in early eye development. Second, they investigate the role macrophages play in regulating vascularity during development and homeostasis.
    Visit the Lang Lab.


    A photo of Zelia M. Correa.

    Zelia M. Correa, MD, PhD Ophthalmologist, Division of Pediatric Ophthalmology

    is an ocular oncologist and ophthalmic pathologist who has been dedicated to clinical and translational research mainly focusing on uveal melanoma and retinoblastoma. Her primary focuses are development and treatment of metastasis from uveal melanoma, and new advances in management of retinoblastoma.


    A photo of Fumika Hamada.

    Fumika Hamada, PhD

    is working to identify molecular mechanisms of temperature sensation using the fly brain as a model. We will elucidate how temperature stimuli are relayed and represented in the brain and will uncover the temperature-responsive neural circuits using genetic, behavioral and physiological approaches.
    Visit the Hamada Lab.


    A photo of Virginia Miraldi Utz.

    Virginia A. Miraldi Utz, MD Pediatric Ophthalmologist, Division of Pediatric Ophthalmology

    is a pediatric ophthalmologist who works closely with faculty within the Ophthalmology and Visual Science Research Department and Division of Human Genetics. Her research interests are in nosology of ophthalmic genetic disorders and syndromes including retinal dystrophies and mitochondrial disorders.


    A photo of Michael Yang.

    Michael B. Yang, MD Director, Pediatric Ophthalmology

    investigates prognostic risk factors for the development of severe retinopathy of prematurity (ROP). These risk factors may generate hypotheses about underlying mechanisms that contribute to the pathogenesis of ROP. The role of light exposure to the fetus during early gestation is an ongoing interest.