Residency Training Research

Duke Ophthalmology is internationally recognized as a research institution of the highest caliber. Faculty members actively pursue a wide variety of research interests in the search to cure eye diseases.  

Research laboratories are located in the cutting-edge AERI research building.  State-of-the-art facilities include space for histology, electron-microscopy, digital imaging, biochemistry, and animal research.

Duke Ophthalmology is fortunate to have a full-time statistician, Sandra Stinnett, DrPH. Her enthusiasm and willingness to engage in research projects with residents and faculty alike make her an invaluable member of the Ophthalmology team.  

Residents conduct research with one or more faculty mentors, pursuing projects within the faculty members’ area of interest.  However, residents with pre-defined research interests who wish to work more independently are encouraged to do so.  Funding for resident research projects is available through faculty grants and through a departmental fund that has been set aside for small research projects.  The department also provides funding toward resident attendance at scientific meetings during all three years of training.

The minimum research requirement for Duke ophthalmology residents is completion of one project each year under the supervision of a faculty preceptor.  The results of the project are presented at the Annual Trainee Scientific Session Day every June.


Recent Peer-Reviewed Publications from our Residents


Godin MR, Gupta PK. Lifitegrast ophthalmic solution in the treatment of signs and symptoms of dry eye disease: design, development, and place in therapy. Clin Ophthalmol. 2017 May 22;11:951-957. PMID: 28579745.

Wisely CE, Sayed JA, Tamez H, Zelinka C, Abdel-Rahman MH, Fischer AJ, Cebulla CM. The chick eye in vision research: An excellent model for the study of ocular disease. Prog Retin Eye Res. 2017 Jun 28. PMID: 28668352.

Reina-Torres E, Wen JC, Liu KC, Li G, Sherwood JM, Chang JY, Challa P, Flügel-Koch CM, Stamer WD, Allingham RR, Overby DR. VEGF as a Paracrine Regulatorof Conventional Outflow Facility. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2017 Mar 1;58(3):1899-1908. PMID: 28358962.

Wen JC, Reina-Torres E, Sherwood JM, Challa P, Liu KC, Li G, Chang JY, Cousins SW, Schuman SG, Mettu PS, Stamer WD, Overby DR, Allingham RR. Intravitreal Anti-VEGF Injections Reduce Aqueous Outflow Facility in Patients With Neovascular Age-Related Macular Degeneration. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2017 Mar 1;58(3):1893-1898. PMID: 28358961.


Lee AR, Bhullar PK, Fekrat S. Aplastic anemia presenting with bilateral, symmetric preretinal macular hemorrhages. Can J Ophthalmol. 2016 Dec;51(6):e159-e160. PMID: 27938969.

Berry D, Fekrat S. CENTRAL RETINAL VEIN OCCLUSION IN GATA2 DEFICIENCY. Retina Cases Brief Rep. 2017 Feb 28. PMID: 28248742.

Mruthyunjaya P, Seider MI, Stinnett S, Schefler A; Ocular Oncology Study Consortium. Association between Tumor Regression Rate and Gene Expression Profile after Iodine 125 Plaque Radiotherapy for Uveal Melanoma. Ophthalmology. 2017. *Raufi N and Berry D members of Consortium. PMID: 28549517.

Ong SS, Buckley EG, McCuen BW 2nd, Jaffe GJ, Postel EA, Mahmoud TH, Stinnett SS, Toth CA, Vajzovic L, Mruthyunjaya P. Comparison of Visual Outcomes in Coats' Disease: A 20-Year Experience. Ophthalmology. 2017 Sep;124(9):1368-1376. PMID: 28461016.

Ong SS, Walter SD, Chen X, Vora GK, Daluvoy M, Proia AD, Mruthyunjaya P. Ocular Surface Epithelial Atypia Mimicking Squamous Neoplasia in Association With Ulcerative Colitis. Cornea. 2017 Apr;36(4):502-505. PMID: 28129293.

Ong SS, Vora GK, Gupta PK. Anterior Segment Imaging in Ocular Surface Squamous Neoplasia. J Ophthalmol. 2016;2016:5435092. PMID: 27800176.

Kim MJ, Bhatti MT, Costello F. Famous. Surv Ophthalmol. 2016 Jul-Aug;61(4):512-9. PMID: 26742785.

Kim MJ, Stinnett SS, Gupta PK. Effect of thermal pulsation treatment on tear film parameters in dry eye disease patients. Clin Ophthalmol. 2017 May 9;11:883-886. PMID: 28533678.

Nallasamy N, Grove KE, Legault GL, Daluvoy MB, Kim T. Hydrogel ocular sealant  for clear corneal incisions in cataract surgery. J Cataract Refract Surg. 2017 Aug;43(8):1010-1014. PMID: 28917398.

Nallasamy N, Seider MI, Gururangan S, Mruthyunjaya P. Everolimus to treat aggressive retinal astrocytic hamartoma in tuberous sclerosis complex. J AAPOS. 2017 Aug;21(4):328-331. PMID: 28733147.

Osaki T, Osaki MH, Osaki TH, Hirai FE, Nallasamy N, Campos M. Influence of involuntary eyelid spasms on corneal topographic and eyelid morphometric changes in patients with hemifacial spasm. Br J Ophthalmol. 2016 Jul;100(7):963-970. PMID: 26541432.

Rothman AL, Mangalesh S, Chen X, Toth CA. Optical coherence tomography of the  preterm eye: from retinopathy of prematurity to brain development. Eye Brain. 2016 May 27;8:123-133. PMID: 28539807.