Glaucoma Cell Biology Laboratory
Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

 

About Us

 







Dr. Markus Kuehn
Markus H. Kuehn, Ph.D., FARVO

Dr. Kuehn is the principal investigator of the Glaucoma Cell Biology Laboratory. He is a Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, a member of the University of Iowa Institute for Vision Research, and a faculty member of the Interdisciplinary Genetics Progam.
Dr. Kuehn is also the Associate Director of the Iowa City Veterans Affairs Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Visual Loss.



Lin Cheng
Lin Cheng, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Cheng is a graduate of the Central South University in Changsha. She continued her education as a research fellow at the Harvard Medical School and at Sun Yat-sen University. She is an expert for induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC) and works mainly on trabecular meshwork regeneration and the generation of retinal organoids.



David Wadkins
David Wadkins

Mr. Wadkins received a Master's degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Iowa. He is the lab's histochemistry expert and also manages all pre-clinical animal models.



Nathan Chen
Nathan Cheng

Mr. Chen is a graduate of the University of Iowa. He joined the Kuehn lab in 2020 and contributes to projects related to retinal neuroprotection.



Huilan Zeng
Huilan Zeng, M.D.

Dr. Zeng is a visiting research scholar from Changsha, China. She joined the lab in January 2021 and investigates the contribution of neuroinflammation to glaucoma pathology.


 

Former Lab Trainees

Cheyanne Godwin
Cheyanne Godwin

Ms. Godwin was working in the lab between 2016 and 2019. She became an expert in establishing and maintaining ocular perfusion cultures and developed extraordinary skills in measurements of aqueous humor outflow facility. She is now a Medical Student at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine.



Oliver Gramlich
Oliver Gramlich, Ph.D.

Dr. Gramlich was a Research Scientist in the Kuehn lab from 2014 to 2019. His projects included investigations of the influence of autoimmune processes in glaucoma pathophysiology. He is an investigator at the Iowa City Veterans Affairs Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Visual Loss. He joined the faculty of the University of Iowa Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences in 2019 and started his own laboratory. His current research is focused on the ocular symptoms of multiple sclerosis and the development of treatment approaches.



Herfrank Loyo
Frank Loyo

Mr. Loyo joined the lab as part of the Post-Baccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP) between 2018 and 2019. His projects included the generation and characterization of brain organoids, and the development of new mouse strains for our research. He is now a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin/Madison.



Kyle Gonsalves
Kyle Gonsalves

Mr. Gonsalves was a graduate student in the University of Iowa Interdisciplinary Genetics Program. He joined the lab in the summer of 2017 and was investigating microRNAs in ocular tissues and their roles in health and disease.



Alex Brown
Alex Brown

Mr. Brown is a Biomedical Engineer who worked in the lab in 2017 and 2018. In our lab he was a specialist for in vivo imaging techniques and electrophysiological tests. He is now pursuing graduate studies at the University of Colorado.



Kim Miller
Kim Miller

Ms. Miller was a student worker in the lab for many years before joining the lab full time in 2017. She carried out molecular and immunohistochemical analyses before heading off to medical school in 2018.



Wei Zhu
Wei Zhu, Ph.D.

Dr. Zhu was a post-doc in the Kuehn lab between 2013 and 2016. During this time she demonstrated the ability of stem cells to regenerate the trabecular meshwork and restore aqueous humor outflow dynamics. She then joined the faculty of the Department of Pharmacology at Qingdao Universiy as an Assistant Professor and started her own laboratory.



Dina Ahram
Dina Ahram, Ph.D.

Dr. Ahram was a graduate student in the University of Iowa Interdisciplinary Genetics Program. She was a member of the laboratory from 2010 until her graduation in 2014 and carried out studies on the genetics of angle closure glaucoma. She is currently a Clinical Molecular Genetics Fellow at Columbia University.



Anamaria Manea
Anamaria Manea, M.D.

Dr. Manea was a postdoctoral fellow in the lab in 2011 and 2012. She went on to complete a pediatrics residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center and is currently affiliated with the Oregon Health & Science Hospital in Portland.



Dr. Juan Fernadez de Castro
Juan Fernandez de Castro, M.D.

Dr. Fernandez de Castro was a research fellow in the lab between 2009 and 2010. He then completed a residency in the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Louisville. He is now an ophthalmic surgeon in private practice in Florida.



Dr. Alina Dumitrescu
Alina V. Dumitrescu, M.D.

Dr. Dumitrescu was a research fellow in the Kuehn lab between 2007 and 2009. She moved on to complete her residency training in Ophthalmology at the University of Kansas Medical Center and is now a member of the faculty of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of Iowa.



Dr. Bing Jiang
Bing Jiang, M.D.

Dr. Jiang was a research fellow in the laboratory in 2006 and 2007. She has resumed her position as a Professor of Ophthalmology at the 2nd Xiangya Hospital of the Central South University in Changsha, China.



Dr. Chan Yun Kim
Chan Yun Kim, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Kim was a research fellow in the Kuehn lab between 2004 and 2006. He is now a Professor of Ophthalmology at Yonsei University in Seoul.


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