Eye Disease Research Collage | Keratoconus | AMD | Ocular Herpes

A Winning Team

From the Morris S. Pynoos Eye Research Laboratory at the Gavin Herbert Eye Institute, UC Irvine School of Medicine, our scientists conduct innovative, ground-breaking research involving keratoconus, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, ocular herpes, glaucoma, and other sight-robbing eye diseases. Play this video to learn more about their research projects:

TNesburn_for-SiteAnthony B. Nesburn, MD, FACS

Medical Director, Discovery Eye Foundation For more than 30 years, Dr. Anthony B. Nesburn has served as the medical director of the Discovery Eye Foundation. An internationally respected eye surgeon, educator, lecturer and researcher, Dr. Nesburn served as the director of ophthalmology research at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for 17 years. He is now an adjunct professor and vice chair for research in UC Irvine’s Department of Ophthalmology.

benmohamedLbachir BenMohamed, PhD

Dr. Lbachir BenMohamed is an associate professor of immunology, the founder and the head of the Laboratory of Cellular and Molecular Immunology in the Department of Ophthalmology at UC Irvine. He also holds a joint appointment with the Center of Immunology at UC Irvine. He is an independent immunologist, with a strong expertise in vaccine development against both infectious diseases and cancer.

brown-e1363197131631-150x150Donald J. Brown, PhD

Dr. Donald Brown is an associate professor at the Gavin Herbert Eye Institute, UC Irvine School of Medicine and an outstanding molecular biologist with research experience in corneal and retinal diseases. Dr. Brown?s primary research now deals with the glaucoma, a major cause of blindness worldwide.

jesterJames V. Jester, PhD

Dr. James Jester, a professor in UC Irvine’s Department of Ophthalmology, is a recognized international leader in the cell biology of corneal wound healing and scarring. He has had a major impact in this field of research.



mchristinakenney_for-siteM. Cristina Kenney, MD, PhD

Dr. Cristina Kenney is a Professor and director of laboratory research at UC Irvine’s Department of Ophthalmology, overseeing the various eye-related research projects at that institution. She is a highly accomplished clinician scientist and is recognized as a leader in the fields of genetic and biological research related to disorders of the retina and cornea.


klassenHenry J. Klassen, MD, PhD

Dr. Henry Klassen an associate professor in UC Irvine Department of Ophthalmology is the principal investigator of a multi-university collaboration studying retinal reconstruction using stem cells.




Baruch D. Kuppermann, MD, PhD

After completing his PhD in neuroscience at the California Institute of Technology (Cal Tech), Dr. Kuppermann went on to earn an MD at the University of Miami. He interned at LA County/USC Medical Center and did his residency in ophthalmology at USC’s Doheny Eye Institute. Dr. Kuppermann then went on to complete fellowships in Retina at both St. Joseph’s in Baltimore Maryland, and at the University of California, San Diego.


jennifer_simpsonJennifer Simpson, MD

Dr. Simpson earned her MD at the University of Michigan. She recently came to the University of California, Irvine where she is an associate professor of ophthalmology.


wechslerSteven Wechsler, PhD

Dr. Steven Wechsler is an international leader in the study of the herpes simplex virus (HSV). He and his team study how the virus becomes latent or inactive in the body, and how it reactivates and causes repeated infections. He is a professor in UC Irvine’s Department of Ophthalmology and Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics.



The Discovery Eye Foundation
Meet The Discovery Eye Foundation Researchers! The Discovery Eye Foundation is a non-profit organization based in Los Angeles.