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Meet Our Team

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Sun Young Lee
M.D., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and Physiology & Neuroscience

Principle Investigator

MD Pusan National University, S. Korea

PhD University of Ulsan, S. Korea

Intern/Ophthalmology Resident/Surgical Retina Fellowship Asan Medical Center, University of Ulsan, S. Korea

Post doctoral Johns Hopkins University, USA

Intern/Ophthalmology Resident University of Southern California, USA

Surgical Retina Fellowship University of Iowa, USA

Dimitrios (Dimitri) Pollalis

Post-Doctoral Fellow

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Dimitri received his medical degree from National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece in 2018. He started his post-doc fellowship in 2020 and is pursuing a career in Ophthalmology.


Justin Leung

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Justin is a fourth-year undergraduate student majoring in Neuroscience and minoring in Health Care Studies at USC. He is on a pre-medical track and is interested in pursuing ophthalmology in the future.


Clarisa Marie Bloemhof
M.D. Candidate

Medical Student Research Assistant

Clarisa received her BS in Public Health Sciences and BA in Economics from UC Irvine and worked as an ophthalmic technician, which piqued her interest in the field. Currently, she is a second-year medical student at the California University of Science and Medicine.


Susan Kishi
M.D. Candidate

Medical Student Research Assistant

Susan is a first-year medical student at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. She received her B.S. in Neuroscience with a minor in Musical Studies of the French horn from USC. She is working towards a career in ophthalmology.

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Member In-Training


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Late Miss Bella

Founding Member


Lab Alumni

John Surbeck

Medical Student

Project: Increased Glial Fibrillary Acid Protein and Vimentin in Vitreous Fluid as a Biomarker for Proliferative Vitreoretinopathy

Austin LaGrow

Medical Student

Project: Endophthalmitis After Transconjunctival Pars Plana Vitrectomy: A 6-year Experience Without Prophylactic Intraoperative Subconjunctival Antibiotics

Cynthia McClard

Ophthalmology Resident

Project: Utility of No-Charge Panel Genetic Testing for Inherited Retinal Diseases in a Real-World Clinical Setting


Arjun Nanda

Medical Student

Project: Fiji-Assisted Automatic Quantitative Volumetric Analysis of Choroidal Neovascularization in a Laser-Induced Choroidal Neovascularization Mouse Model

Gopa Kumar Gopinadhan Nair

Research Associate

Projects: Proteomic Insight into the Role of Exosomes in Proliferative Vitreoretinopathy Development, Intraocular RGD-Engineered Exosomes and Active Targeting of Choroidal Neovascularization (CNV), and more

Our Collaborators

In order to successfully carry out our experiments and analysis, we partner with various laboratories in colleges and institutions across the United States.


Our research would not be possible without our grants and donors. We greatly appreciate their support in allowing us to further the field of retinal ophthalmology.

National Eye Institute


Alcon Research Institute

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