UNM Department of Surgery

Department of Surgery
Ophthalmology Division

UNM School of Medicine
MSC 10 5610
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87131
> Phone: (505) 272-6120


Ophthalmology Research

Basic Researchers

Arup DasArup Das, MD, PhD
Faculty profile
HSC Research profile (VIVO)

Dusanka DereticDusanka Deretic, PhD
Faculty profile

Paul McGuirePaul McGuire, PhD

The UNM Ophthalmology Division is engaged in basic science as well as clinical research in ophthalmology and visual sciences. Our investigators aim at the pathophysiology of angiogenesis, blood-retinal barrier, diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration, as well as in photoreceptor biology. Our goal is to translate novel ideas from the laboratory to the clinics thus contributing to development of novel therapeutic strategies and biomarkers for ocular diseases.

We are actively involved in the mission of teaching medical students, residents, and postdoctoral fellows, and encourage the new generation to participate in vision research. We are participating in several clinical trials in ophthalmology as well as multidisciplinary landmark trials in diabetic retinopathy in collaboration with the Endocrinology and Nephrology Divisions.


OCT images of a patient with diabetic macular edema.