Distinguished Lecture Series

The Department of Ophthalmology Distinguished Lecture Series features talks from distinguished USC faculty, as well as researchers from other institutions. The series provides a great opportunity for faculty, staff, postdocs and students to learn about the ongoing research outside of his/her own lab, and may also serve as a springboard for new collaborations.

2020-2021 Schedule

Date Speaker Topic Affiliation
Oct 20, 2020 Amanda Moore, PhD The Mutational Landscape of Uveal Melanoma and Beyond Genentech
Feb 19, 2021 Hao Zhang, PhD Multi-scale Optical Imaging for Ophthalmology: From Human Eyes to Single Molecules Northwestern University
April 16, 2021 James Chodosh, MD, MPH COVID-19 and the Eye: Alternative Facts Massachusetts Eye and Ear
June 18, 2021 Xiuqian Mu, MD, PhD Genetic and Epigenetic Control of Retinal Ganglion Cell Genesis University of Buffalo
June 21, 2021 Biraj Mahato, PhD Pharmacologic Photoreceptor Reprogramming to Restore Vision Nanoscope Technologies


2019-2020 Schedule

Date Speaker Topic Affiliation
Sept 3, 2019 Yoshikazu Imanishi, PhD Shedding Light on the Biology of Photoreceptor Cell Maintenance Case Western Reserve University
Oct 1, 2019 Jun Yang, PhD Understanding the Roles of the Periciliary Membrane Complex and Basal Body in Inherited Retinal Degenerations The University of Utah
Oct 22, 2019 Neil Segil, PhD Epigenetic Restraints on Cell Fate and the Failure of Regeneration in the Mammalian Inner Ear USC Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine
Dec 5, 2019 Shyam S. Chaurasia, PhD Coming Out of the Box: Engaging Next Gen Tools to Dissect Diabetic Retinopathy University of Missouri
Dec 17, 2019 Weiming Yuan, PhD Harnessing Human NKT Cells for Anti-herpes Simplex Virus Therapies USC Molecular Microbiology and Immunology
Jan 21, 2020 Jeannie Chen, PhD Recovery of Retinal FUnction after Photoreceptor Degeneration and Retinal Remodeling USC Zilkha Neurogenetic Institute
Feb 25, 2020 Peter Kunh, PhD Physicians & Physicists: A New Paradigm to Advance Patient Centric Cancer Research USC Biological Sciences
Apr 28, 2020 Paula Cannon, PhD Postponed due to COVID-19 USC Molecular Microbiology and Immunology
May 26, 2020 Brooke Hjelm, PhD Applying Genomics to Neurodegenerative Disease Tissue, (Ocular) Biofluids and Datasets: USC KSOM Pilot Studies in Parkinson’s Disease Translational Genomics


2018-2019 Schedule

Date Speaker Topic Affiliation
Sept 25, 2018 Gianluca Lazzi, PhD, MBA Multiscale Modeling and Electroneural Interfaces for Neuroimplants: from a Retinal Prosthesis to Restore Vision to the Blind to a Hippocampus Implant for Memory Restoration USC
Oct 23, 2018 Thierry Leveillard, PhD Rod to Cone Signaling to Treat Retinitis Pigmentosa Institut de la Vision (France)
Nov 27, 2018 James Tan, MD, PhD Trabecular Bypass and Mouse Lessons About Distal Outflow Doheny Eye Institute
Jan 29, 2019 Anand Swaroop, PhD Modeling Retinal Development and Disease Using Stem Cells NIH
Feb 26, 2019 Deming Sun, MD Effect of ATP-Adenosine Metabolism and Function in Autoimmune Responses Doheny Eye Institute
Mar 26, 2019 Yonggang Shi, PhD Novel Algorithms for Connectome and Retinal Imaging USC Stevens Neuroimaging and Informatics Institute
Apr 23, 2019 Yang Chai, DDS, PhD Mesenchymal Stem Cells in Tissue Homeostasis, Diseases and Regeneration USC Center for Craniofacial Molecular Biology
May 28, 2019 Gordon Laurie, PhD Returning the Eye to Normal with Tear Lacritin: Fruit of an Unbiased Screen, a Bench to Bedside Story University of Virginia