Vision Research Group

The Vision Research Group at McGovern Medical School is a highly collaborative group of well-funded faculty members whose primary research focus is the Visual System. Most faculty members are located in either the Ruiz Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science or in the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy at the McGovern Medical School. In addition, we have collaborators from other departments and schools at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth).

Because of our joint interest in Vision Research, we have submitted a proposal for an NEI Vision Core Grant (P30). This is a collaborative project to provide Core equipment, facilities and services for Vision Research at UTHealth.

The Vision Core Grant has three Modules



Director, Stephen C. Massey, PhD, Ophthalmology and Visual Science

  • Staffed by a confocal specialist with expertise in image analysis
  • Major Equipment
    • Zeiss LSM510 META
    • Zeiss LSM780
    • Zeiss AxioImager with Apotome
    • Zeiss LSM800 with Airyscan (coming soon)
  • Sign-up Calendar for authorized users
  • A Primer on Confocal Imaging

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Biostatistics and Computational

Director, Valentin Dragoi, PhD, Neurobiology and Anatomy

  • Biostatistician: Alice Chuang, PhD, Ophthalmology and Visual Science
  • Staffed by a computer specialist with programming expertise (to be named)
  • Equipment and Services
    • Experimental Design and Data Analysis
    • Programming for Data Acquisition
    • Hardware/Computer Interface

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