Faculty Research Interests

Faculty members at MBKU are engaged in research that delivers potential benefits to the health of our patients, to the education and training of our medical professionals, and to the study of vision science globally. This alphabetical list of research faculty provides information about areas of special interest.

Optometry Faculty Interests

Carmen Barnhardt, OD, MS

  • Pediatric optometry
  • Refractive error
  • Strabismus
  • Amblyopia
  • Vision therapy

Current Studies: Dr. Barnhardt is involved in the Convergence Insufficiency Treatment Trial–Attention and Reading Trial (CITT–ART).

Eric Borsting, OD, MS

  • Evaluating quality of life and attention in children with common vision problems. This research uses questionnaires and surveys to gather data from both children and parents.

Current Studies: Dr. Borsting is assessing the validity of visual processing tests with Dr. Barnhardt. They are investigating whether poor performance on measures of visual processing result in problems with specific classroom tasks for elementary school children. He is also investigating the origins of visual discomfort when reading, especially with dry eye, with Dr. Ridder.

Annie Chang, OD

  • Contact lenses and dry eye

Current Studies: Dr. Chang is involved in a study of reading ability and symptoms in dry eye with Dr. Borsting.

Angela Chen, OD, MS

  • Strabismus and amblyopia treatment
  • Accommodation and refractive error in infants and young children
  • Treatment of binocular vision disorders

Current Studies: Dr. Chen is conducting a research study with Dr. Huang and collaborators at Indiana University to assess accommodation in children with amblyopia. She is also involved in the amblyopia treatment studies and the Convergence Insufficiency Treatment Trial–Attention and Reading Trial.

Raymond Chu, OD, MS

  • Strabismus and amblyopia treatment
  • Myopia development and control
  • Treatment of binocular vision anomalies

Current Studies: Dr. Chu is involved in the Amblyopia Treatment Studies and the Convergence Insufficiency Treatment Trial–Attention and Reading Trial.

George Comer, OD, MBA

  • Glaucoma diagnosis and management

Current Studies: Dr. Comer's most recent study involved the validation of the Topcon Maestro OCT.

Susan Cotter, OD, MS

  • Amblyopia, convergence insufficiency and strabismus treatment

Current Studies: Dr. Cotter conducts comparative effectiveness research and epidemiological studies in the area of pediatric eye care.

Tim Edrington, OD, MS

  • Contact lens management of irregular corneal surfaces including keratoconus, pellucid marginal degeneration, post-penetrating keratoplasty, post-RK and post-LASIK
  • Silicone-hydrogels
  • Contact lenses for the correction of astigmatism
  • Tear exchange beneath scleral lenses

Catherine Heyman, OD

  • Visual impairment in children and pediatrics
  • Amblyopia and strabismus

Current Studies: Dr. Heyman is involved in a study with Dr. Borsting investigating accommodative accuracy in children younger than 17 with visual impairment. She is also involved in the PEDIG study group investigating amblyopia and strabismus.

Kristine Huang, OD, MPH

  • Binocular vision disorders
  • Strabismus and amblyopia
  • Accommodation and refractive error in infants and young children
  • Access to vision care

Current Studies: Dr. Huang is conducting a research study with Dr. Chen and collaborators at Indiana University to assess accommodation in children with amblyopia. She is also involved in the amblyopia treatment studies and the Convergence Insufficiency Treatment Trial–Attention and Reading Trial.

Justin Kwan, OD

  • Dry Eye: aqueous tear deficiency, meibomian gland dysfunction, Demodex, nutrition, in-office treatments
  • Contact lenses: multifocals, myopia control, scleral lenses, contact lens discomfort
  • Corneal topography: surface regularity index, contact lens fitting
  • Refractive technology: higher order aberrations, refractive surgery, cataract surgery
  • Anterior segment photography

Dawn Lam, MSC, OD

  • Contact Lens Assessment in Youth (CLAY) study group
  • Contact lens care and compliance
  • Contact lens related complications

James LaMotte, OD, PhD

  • Blink recording via high-speed video
  • Wearable device to monitor IOP

John Lee, OD

  • Sports vision
  • Video games and vision
  • Driving and vision

Edeline Lu, OD

  • Ocular disease topics

Eunice Myung Lee, OD

  • Pediatric contact lenses
  • Contact lens solutions
  • Contact lenses
  • Myopia control in children

Jason Ng, OD, PhD

  • Visual electrophysiology (i.e. VEP, ERG)
  • Basic and clinical aspects of spatial vision (visual acuity/contrast sensitivity)
  • Basic and clinical aspects of color vision testing and management

Monique Nguyen, OD

  • Amblyopia
  • Strabismus
  • Binocular vision anomalies
  • Pediatric optometry
  • Vision-related learning disorders
  • Vision therapy

John Nishimoto, OD, MBA

  • Ocular disease
  • Dry eye
  • Glaucoma

Reena Patel, OD

  • Pediatric optometry
  • Amblyopia (in children and adults)
  • Strabismus
  • Binocular vision disorders
  • Vision therapy
  • Myopia progression

Current Studies: Dr. Patel is involved in Binocular Activities Treatment for Amblyopia (ATS 18), Childhood Esotropia/Accommodative Esotropia Partial Plus Study 1, Controlling Myopia Progression Through Optical Interventions, The Effects of D-Serine in Adult Amblyopia Treatment, Intermittent Exotropia Study 3: A Pilot Randomized Clinical Trial of Overminus Spectacle Therapy for Intermittent Exotropia, and Treatment Response in Accommodative Insufficiency Study.

Jerry Paugh, OD, PhD

  • Dry eye research (e.g., evaluating clinical tests such as interferometry, testing of experimental products, measuring the residence time of topical formulations)
  • Test efficacy of clinical tests for dry eye (e.g., TBUT, MGD diagnostic tests)
  • Measuring residence time of topical formulations
  • Corneal research (e.g., measurement of epithelial barrier function)
  • Fluorescent techniques (e.g., for measuring tear exchange, barrier function and residence time) since they are safe and effective in illuminating anterior segment behavior

William Ridder III, OD, PhD

  • Electrophysiological testing of the visual system
  • Investigating the visual pathway in normal and abnormal visual conditions
  • Visual effects of artificial tears
  • Causes of visual discomfort in students
  • D-serine in adult amblyopia
  • Contrast sensitivity in ARMD

Mark Sawamura, OD

  • Information technology in patient care and teaching
  • Diagnostic imaging of the anterior and posterior segment
  • Neuro-ocular disease
  • Ophthalmic pharmaceutical agents

Dr. Sawamura can also provide insights on specific eye and systemic disease conditions that may be used for case based presentations.

Julie Schornack, OD, MEd

  • A variety of contact lens areas, including presbyopic correction using contact lenses
  • Education in optometry

David Sendrowski, OD

  • Ocular disease of the anterior and posterior segment (specifically, neurological testing, glaucoma, macular degeneration and optic nerve head)
  • Clinical studies with topical medications for the eye and anterior adnexae

Lawrence Stark, PhD

  • Eye focusing (accommodation) is Dr Stark’s main research interest, with an emphasis on the types of cues and information that drive the response
  • The eye’s aberrations
  • Retinal photoreceptor optics
  • Visual acuity testing

Donna Weiss, OD

  • Contact lens research including but not limited to the management of irregular corneas with custom rigid, hybrid and soft designs for Keratocones, Pellucid, PKP, Post-RK, Post-LASIK, Post Lasik Keratectasia)
  • Corneal reshaping
  • Multifocals (rigid, hybrid and soft designs)
  • New soft lens designs/materials (i.e. astigmatism)
  • Research and development of various ocular implants (i.e. IOL, ICL, Scleral Implants, etc.)

Current Studies: Dr. Weiss is conducting beta testing of a new hybrid design for keratoconus — an advanced design of the SynergEyes KC lens. She is also a sub-investigator in a FDA monitored IDE clinical trial for scleral spacing implants targeting presbyopia.

Robert Yacoub, OD

  • Ocular disease topics, including diabetic changes in the eye and transient vision loss.

Patrick Yoshinaga, OD, MPH

  • Contrast sensitivity
  • Environmental vision
  • Population based epidemiology
  • Low vision rehabilitation

Tina Zheng, OD

  • Using diagnostic imaging in the management of ocular diseases (OCT, FAF, etc.)
  • Optic neuropathies
  • Glaucoma
  • Neuroprotection
  • Ocular disease topics (especially posterior segment)
  • Systemic diseases and their ocular manifestations

Pharmacy Faculty Interests

Pharmacy Practice

Ashleigh-Anne Au, PharmD, RPh

  • Impact of drug information communication in Limited English Proficiency communities

Jack Chen, PharmD

  • Neurology and movement disorders pharmacotherapy; botulinum toxins, systematic literature reviews and meta-analyses

Arjun Dutta, PhD

  • Pharmacy education: student progression, retention, curricular issues, assessment; Outcomes research: QOL, Pharmacoeconomics, Epidemiology

Henry Hua, PhD

  • Educational processes and outcomes, theories of memory and learning, psychological health, communications between care providers and patients

LaDonna Oelschlaeger, PharmD

  • Pedagogy related to interprofessional education; gastrointestinal disorders; medication safety; and education outreach.

Genene Salman, PharmD

  • Management of hypoglycemia, parenteral nutrition, vasopressin, septic shock, pharmacokinetics

Eglis Tellez-Corrales, PharmD

  • Systematic literature reviews and meta-analyses; chronic kidney disease and transplantation, pharmacogenomics and pharmacokinetics of immunosuppressant drugs

Monica Trivedi, PharmD

  • Advanced pharmacy practice, community pharmacy services, medication therapy management, immunizations; pharmacy administration, communication, leadership; experiential education; professionalism

Eva Wong

  • Pharmacist ambulatory care and chronic disease management

Pharmaceutical Sciences

Ajoy Koomer, PhD, EMBA

  • Pharmacy Assessment: Determining criteria for academic and professional success of students through correlation of student performance from multiple appraisal methods with admissions variables; Miscellaneous Interests: Educational aspects of Pharmacogenomics

Charitha Madiraju, PhD

  • Innate immune response pathways, cell survival and cell death mechanisms

Andromeda Nauli, PhD

  • Dietary fat absorption, chylomicron biogenesis, oral lipophilic drug bioavailability, and red meat allergy

JoZef Stec, PhD

  • Discovery and development of antimicrobial agents with the emphasis on antitubercular agents

Rajesh Vadlapatla, PhD

  • Extended-release drug delivery systems, analytical method development and stability studies; scholarship of teaching

Zhijun Wang, PhD

  • Improving cancer chemotherapy by using herbal medicines; pre-clinical and clinical pharmacokinetic studies; sublingual formulation development