About Our Research

In 1974, the USC Keck School of Medicine established the USC Department of Ophthalmology, which grew into the USC Roski Eye Institute, becoming an essential regional, national and global leader in the field. Recognized by U.S. News & World Report and Ophthalmology Times as a center of excellence, the USC Roski Eye Institute and the Department of Ophthalmology has been a nationally top ranked program for 22 years & counting!

Our Quest to Enhance Vision and End Blindness Begins From the “Bed to the Bench and Back.”

This legacy of achievement continues as the USC Roski Eye Institute works together to provide excellent patient centered clinical care and the most advanced vision research. Our quest to enhance vision and end blindness begins from the “bed to the bench and back”. Our success in developing new clinical therapies is built on placing patients first. At the bench, our researchers focus on the unmet medical needs of our patients, developing therapies that can have direct impact on the lives of those suffering from vision loss.

As one of the most federally funded departments of ophthalmology in the nation, the USC Roski Eye Institute has received international acclaim for its advances in vision research. The institute’s contributions are far-reaching and diverse. The USC Roski Eye Institute continues to make a global impact both clinically and academically by maintaining an interdisciplinary research approach.

We are building a vast network of world experts by forging partnerships with several departments and research centers in the fields of science, engineering, and medicine to make advancements in vision science and clinical ophthalmology. Our vision research team consists of a dynamic group of multidisciplinary researchers from the Keck School of Medicine of USC, USC Viterbi School of Engineering, Zilkha Neurogenetic Institute, USC Mark and Mary Stevens Neuroimaging and Informatics Institute, USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, Eli and Edythe Broad Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, and USC School of Pharmacy among many others!

We have created these strategic partnerships in order to further our mission to protect, preserve and restore the gift of sight as we continue to make breakthroughs in basic science, translational medicine and clinical research.

At the Forefront of Vision Research

Our research practice continues to be a cornerstone of the USC Roski Eye Institute and is illustrated by the following accolades:

  • Ranked in the top 10 for research funding by the National Eye Institute.
  • Headquarters of two California Institute of Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) grants since 2012. USC leads the development of a translational stem cell-based treatment for age-related macular degeneration. CIRM funds stem cell based research at institutions throughout California with the goal of developing new therapies for diseases and disorders.

Next, read about our research funding.