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2023 Grant Recipients

Congratulations to our latest group of researchers!

Sarah Abdel-Hadi

Rush University

UV-Activated Fluorescent Lighting Images as a Screening Tool for Nyctalopia

Moonis Ali


Sleep and Circadian Regulation in Glaucoma: The effects of ipRGCs, RGC thickness and melatonin
Patricia Bai
The Impact of an Artificial Intelligence Assisted Diabetic Retinopathy Screening Program on Opthalmology Referral Uptake from a Primary Care Setting: A Patient-Centered Approach to Understanding Factors that Influence Adoption of Artifical Intelligence in Diabetic Retinopathy Screening
Ankita Batra
Rush University
Intraocular Pressure and Corneal Dynamics
Jyotsna Bitra
Risk Factors for Recurrent Vitreous Hemorrhage and the use of Perioperative anti-VEGF Agents after 25-Gauge Pars Plana Vitrectomy
Reynolds Boone

Loyola University


Impact on Signal transduction pathways by a Novel Probiotic Metabolites in HCECs
Sahil Doshi
The Association Between Baseline and Longitudinal Imaging Findings and BCVA Loss Among Children with High Myopia


Impact of Optical Coherence Tomography and Optical Coherence Tomography Angiography Features on Later Cardiovascular Disease in Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Brandon Duffy


Baseline Visual Acuity Correlates with Nonperfusion in Patients with Diabetes Mellitus

Raymond Fang

McKechnie Awardee

Imaging Segmental Differences in the Conventional Outflow Pathway

Puranjay Gupta
The Effect of Experience on Visual Search Patterns in Intraocular Surgery
Julie Ha
Loyola University
Investigating with Ocular Surface Microbiome in Patients with Phlyctenular Keratoconjunctivitis (PKC)
Sabrina Iddir
Predicting Malignant Transformation of Choroidal Nevi Using Machine Learning
Timothy Janetos
Clinical Outcomes of Fluocinolone 0.18 mg Intravitreal Implant among Birdshot Chorioretinopathy Patients
Loyola University
Assessing changes in the ocular surface microbiome in patient with hematopoietic malignancies undergoing treatment
Anne Kim
Rush University
Patterns and predictors of orbital cellulitis hospitilization during the COVID-19 pandemic
Ishani Majmudar
A Videographic and Microbiologic Evaluation of Eyedrop Administration in Clinics by U.S. Opthalmic Technicians (Paramedical Personnel) and Physicians
Shivani Majmudar


Bridging the Eye-Care Gap among Chicago’s Homeless Population


U of C
Dreiske Awardee

Enhancing Early Intraocular Pressure Reduction with Adjunctive Goniotomy in Baerveldt 350 Implants: A Randomized Controlled Trial

Zaid Parekh

U of C

Gut Microbiome Composition in Patients with Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Bhuvanachandra Pasupuleti

Loyola University

Effect of recombinant human proteoglycan 4 (hPRG4) on histamine release from mast cells

Dr. Riddhi Patel

U of C

Effect of Pupil Size, Media, and Glaucoma Severity on Retinal Nerve Fiber Layer Measurements Between Cirrus SD-OCT and Spectralis SD-OCT

Dylan Raikar

Rush University

Evaluating Corneal Hysterics as an Independent Risk Factor for Glaucoma Severity

Katerin Riascos


A Randomized Clinical Trial of Treating Meibomian Gland Dysfunction and Dry Eye Disease in Children Aged 9 to 18 Years

Rohan Shah

U of C
Bass Awardee

Transcriptional and Epigenetic Effects of the Gut Microbiome in Age-Related Degeneration

Mallika Shekhar

Loyola University

The Role of NLRP3 Inflammasome in the Pathogenesis of Stevens-Johnson Syndrome/Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis

Ruhi Shirodkar


Investigating the Role of Optical Coherence Tomography Angiography as a Predictive Tool in Patients with Untreated Borderline Hypertension

Amy Song


Investigating a Mechanism of Protection of the Retinal Vasculature from Diabetic Retinopathy

Alexis Stefaniak

Hines VA Hospital

The neuroprotection of riluzole in an experimental mouse model of light-induced retinal injury

Haarisudhan Sureshkumar


Allostatic Load in Uveal Melanoma

Rebecca Tanenbaum
U of C

Social factors associated with missed outpatient follow up in retinopathy of prematurity
Marianna Vakaki


Functionally engineered extracellular vesicles and retinal dysfunction in mild traumatic brain injury

Ghasem Yazdanpanah


Tarsal Cross-Linking with Rose Bengal and Green Light for Management of Floppy Eye Syndrome

Nancy Zhang

Loyola University

Obstructive Sleep Apnea as a Risk Factor for patients with Fuchs Endothelial Corneal Dystrophy


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