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STAR program
(Student Training in Approaches to Research)

The department of ophthalmology offers research opportunities in many facets of ophthalmic research and welcomes participation from medical students. The STAR program is an integral aspect of the educational objectives of the department and is a valuable learning experience. Students have the option to participate in ongoing clinical or laboratory base research studies. However, incoming students are encouraged to identify a departmental research mentor and develop their own research interest in accordane with guidance from an establised investigator.

Research mentors in the department available to discuss potential studies include the following:

  • Evan Stubbs, PhD. Ophthalmology Research Director
  • Bruce I. Gaynes, OD, PharmD. Clinical Research Program Director
  • Cynthia Pervan, PhD. Laboratory Research Program Director
  • Omer Iqbal, MD, Research Associate Professor
  • Ping Bu, MD, Research Assistant Professor
  • First year medical students interested in the STAR program are strongly enouraged to contact a research mentor no later than October 31 of the first school year. Deadline for the complete STAR application is December 15