Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Ophthalmology


Northwestern Ophthalmology Research
Tsutomu Kume, PhD presents at the department’s Research Day

The Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine’s Department of Ophthalmology looks to become one of the nation’s preeminent, research-intensive ophthalmology departments. 

Until recently, treatments in ophthalmology have focused on slowing the inevitable progression of eye diseases, rather than restoring lost sight. Here at Northwestern, department chairman Nicholas Volpe, MD, and his research team are intent on creating an Institute for Sight Restoration, which would enable our clinicians and basic scientists to pursue the scientific breakthroughs that would change the treatment of today’s most disabling eye diseases. The institute would unite vision researchers on both Northwestern campuses with the single goal of sight restoration. Its overarching goal would be to promote interdisciplinary research and education in vision medicine that would ultimately contribute to the development of highly advanced therapies for macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, corneal blindness, and other diseases and disorders of the eye.

Our department is leading extensive clinical and basic science studies. Currently, we have more than 10 large, competitive grants from the National Eye Institute to advance our programs. Our scientists represent a significant force in eye research and are world-renowned experts in cell-to-cell communications and information processing in the retina, the role of retinal Mueller cells, advanced retinal imaging, ocular blood flow and retinal metabolism, corneal stems cells, regeneration and micro RNA mediation of corneal regeneration, regulation of retinal vascular growth factors, energy metabolism of the retina in eye disease, the biomechanics of the trabecular meshwork, and the hydrodynamics of the eye as they relate to glaucoma.

Learn more about our research via the links below.

Northwestern Ophthalmology Research

Robert Linsenmeier, PhD

Northwestern Ophthalmology Research

Rajen Desai, MD