USC Roski Eye K12 Clinician-Vision Scientist Training Program (USC Roski Eye K12)


USC Roski Eye K12 Clinician-Vision Scientist Training Program (USC Roski Eye K12) provides talented, emerging, and deliberately diverse Scholars committed to vision research with the following:

  1. Formal, didactic, rigorous, closely-mentored training in clinical or laboratory-based research and in the responsible conduct of research; and
  2. Research immersion in a mentored environment coupled with career development that is solidly based on the experience and successful record of Preceptors and the program’s leadership

The USC Roski Eye Institute possesses a rich and diverse research program that focuses on five thematic research areas: 1) Imaging; 2) Bioengineering and nanotechnology; 3) Epidemiology; 4) Inflammation and Regeneration; and 5) Neurodegeneration.

Our program leverages tremendous resources and expertise from the NIH-funded Southern California Clinical and Translational Science Institute (SC CTSI). Our long-term objective is to help achieve the NEI’s goal to train a new cadre of ophthalmologist-scientists dedicated to becoming outstanding, innovative, independent investigators who will address visual impairment and lead vision research into the 21st century.














Program Director: Mark Humayun, MD, PhD

Cornelius J. Pings Chair in Biomedical Sciences, Professor of Ophthalmology, Biomedical Engineering and Integrative Anatomical Sciences, Director of the Institute for Biomedical Therapeutics and Director of the USC Roski Eye Institute

Program Advisory Committee

The Program Advisory Committee (PAC) is composed of directors of research institutes, centers, and educational programs, deans and vice deans for research, department chairs, and tenured professors of ophthalmology. The PAC directly informs ongoing quality improvement of the USC Roski Eye K12 program by focusing on oversight and evaluation, and especially, concrete suggestions for improvement.

Program Faculty (Preceptors)

A critical component of the USC Roski Eye K12 program is the careful, intensive and individualized mentoring provided to each Scholar, including both didactic and immersive hand-on research experience under the mentorship of Preceptors. USC Roski Eye K12 Scholars have access to outstanding Preceptors across the five research themes who have an established and successful training record.


Name Academic Rank Research Interests (Active Grants)
Mark S. Borchert, MD Associate Professor Development of the optic nerve
Jeannie Chen, PhD Professor Signal transduction, photoreceptor function, retinal degeneration
David E. Cobrinik, MD, PhD Associate Professor Retinal development and its relationship to retinal diseases
Cheryl M. Craft, PhD Professor Retinal photoreceptors in health and disease
Cheng-Ming Chuong, MD, PhD Professor Tissue development, differentiation and regeneration
Charles W. Flowers, MD, FACS Associate Professor Vision corrective procedures and telemedicine
Scott E. Fraser, PhD Professor Imaging and molecular analyses of intact biological systems, developmental biology, organogenesis, and medical diagnostics
William J. Gauderman, PhD Professor Epidemiology of visual disorders
Sarah F. Hamm-Alvarez, PhD Professor Molecular mechanisms of tear protein secretion from acinar cells, inflammation of lacrimal gland and ocular surface, tear biomarkers of disease, therapeutic development
J. Martin Heur, MD, PhD Associate Professor Corneal repair and regeneration, developmental biology of corneal endothelium using zebrafish
David R. Hinton, MD Professor Response of outer retina to injury, retinal repair and regeneration
Young-Kwon Hong, PhD Associate Professor Molecular mechanisms in physiological and pathological lymphangiogenesis
Mark S. Humayun, MD, PhD Professor Electrical stimulation of the retina, retinal prosthesis and oxygenator (R01 EY022059)
Michael R. Lieber, MD, PhD Professor Role of chromosomal breakage in aging, inflammation and cancer
J. Andrew MacKay, PhD Associate Professor Drug delivery, biomolecular engineering, liposomes, elastin like polypeptides, protein polymers, and nanomedicine
Wendy J. Mack, PhD Professor Design, conduct and analysis of multiple single-centered and multi-centered clinical trials and observational studies
Rex A. Moats, PhD Associate Professor Analysis of disease processes using novel imaging methodologies
Andrew A. Moshfeghi, MD, MBA Associate Professor Macular degeneration, macular pucker, telemedicine, intravitreal pharmacotherapy
Vivek R. Patel, MD, FRCSC Associate Professor Neuroimaging of the visual system
J. Bradley Randleman, MD Professor Corneal crosslinking, keratoconus
Narsing A. Rao, MD Professor Viral retinitis and ophthalmic pathology
Satwindar S. Sadhal, PhD Professor Biotransport phenomena and mathematical modeling of biological systems, fluid dynamics and solute transport in eyes, drug delivery flow modeling in the vitreous humor and retina
Jonathan M. Samet, MD Professor Health risks of inhaled pollutants
Seth A. Seabury, PhD Associate Professor Population health, health policy and economics, health and productivity, access to medical treatment, incidence of injury and disability, health disparities
Mahnaz Shahidi, PhD Professor Development of optical imaging systems for quantitative assessment of eye diseases
Huizhong Tao, PhD Associate Professor Architecture of visual cortical circuits
Paul M. Thompson, PhD Professor Advanced mathematical modeling
Arthur W. Toga, PhD Professor Neuroimaging, informatics
Richard M. Watanabe, PhD Associate Professor Epidemiology of diabetes and its complications
Qifa Zhou, PhD Professor Materials property characterization, thin film devices, high frequency MEMS transducer/array, intravascular probe and imaging, photoacoustic imaging


Hossein Ameri, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology



If you are interested in applying for the USC Roski Eye K12, please e-mail Joseph Yim at