BioSight Shared Resource Support


Using our innovative approach in identifying, archiving, and distributing ocular tissues, we provide researchers with the exacting material they require to uncover the root causes of blinding human diseases such as glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration, and corneal dystrophies. As a shared resource, we maximize use of precious and well characterized ocular tissues, making world-class eye research possible. Researchers can also request specific diseased tissues.

If you are a researcher writing a grant to include BioSight as a source of tissue or as a collaborator we are able to provide consult, collaborate, or be the ocular specimen/tissue source. 

The BioSight shared resource is a product of the visionary, Dr. R. Rand Allingham.

Duke Eye Center’s Eye and Tissue Biorepository and Donor Registry was first established in July of 2016 for ophthalmic research investigators at Duke and our community, and became a Duke core service in July of 2018.

This program is made possible with an ongoing partnership with Donate Life North Carolina, Carolina Donor Services and Miracles in Sight. Our eye registry donation is through Donate Life North Carolina. 

Moving forward together to advance eye research.

Postmortem Tissue Collection Process

Collaborate with Us

If you are interested in obtaining samples or collaborating, please contact:

We can discuss your study-specific needs, as well as help you process your request.

  • Postmortem ocular tissues can be provided as whole globes, half globes, or tissue sections. 
  • Available fresh (without preservative) within the specified death to preservation (DTP) time, or preserved following your specific research protocol.
  • De-identified clinical and ophthalmic information is associated with most of the samples provided regulatory requirements are met to receive human samples with de-identified data.
  • Consenting for surgical tissue discard collection from living donors with clinical data

Please complete BioSight Tissue Request Form and send completed document to:

The Team 

Director: W. Daniel Stamer, PhD

Principal Investigator: Michael Hauser, PhD

Research Program Leader:  Maria Cecilia Santiago- Turla, MHSc

Research Analyst: Iris Navarro, BS

Research Administrator:  George Toutloff

Special thanks to Fernando Tineo for Logo design.