We’ve listed recent projects to give you an idea of the kind of projects our students are doing for the OD Honors program.

Honors in Clinical Science

Dianna Lam
Class of 2016

Carotid artery disease and ocular ischemia.
Mentor: Kuniyoshi Kanai, OD

Laura Lujan
Class of 2015

En face optical coherence tomography visualization of transient outer retinal disruption following ocriplasmin injection.
Mentors: Shirin Barez, MD, MS, Carl H. Jacobsen, OD, and Brandon J. Lujan, MD

Honors in Research

Molly Duong
Class of 2018

Virtual reality game play as treatment for stereo anomalous adults.
Mentor: Dennis M. Levi, OD, PhD

Elysia Ison
Class of 2018
Off-axis refractive changes associated with normal and induced ocular growth in chick model.
Mentors: Sowmya Ravikumar, PhD and Christine F. Wildsoet, OD, PhD

Kenneth Tran
Class of 2018
Improving adult amblyopic vision with stereoscopic 3D video games.
Mentors: Roger W. Li, PhD and Dennis M. Levi, OD, PhD

Kayee So
Class of 2017
Monocular blur alters the tuning characteristics of stereopsis for spatial frequency and size.
Mentors: Roger W. Li, PhD and Dennis M. Levi, OD, PhD

Britney Kitamata-Wong
Class of 2016

Effects of lens-care solutions on comfort, tear film stability, and corneal epithelial integrity.
Mentors: Meng Lin, OD, PhD

Jill Lobingier
Class of 2016

Reading performance in children with amblyopia following action video game play.
Mentor: Dennis Levi, OD, PhD

Tracy Wang
Class of 2016

Retinal vascular caliber and neuroretinal function in adults with and without diabetic retinopathy.
Mentor: Marilyn Schneck, PhD and Marcus Bearse, PhD

Ann Chang
Class of 2015

Retinal vascular changes in adolescents with type 1 diabetes.
Mentors: Marcus A. Bearse, PhD and Anthony J. Adams, OD, PhD

Jeremy Chin
Class of 2015

Factors affecting crowded acuity: eccentricity and contrast.
Mentor: Susana T. L. Chung, OD, PhD

Heather French
Class of 2015

Effects of daily irrigation on corneal epithelial permeability and adverse events with silicone hydrogel contact lens continuous wear.
Mentor: Meng C. Lin, OD, PhD

Rajpreet Kaur
Class of 2015

Effects of parafoveal preview and review of words on reading speed in central and peripheral vision.
Mentor: Susana T. L. Chung, OD, PhD

Kevin Tong
Class of 2015

Directional OCT reveals reliable outer nuclear layer measurements.
Mentor: Meng C. Lin, OD, PhD

Kevin Wang
Class of 2015

Identification of integrin receptor subunits in the guinea pig sclera.
Mentors: Ravikanth Metlapally, PhD and Christine F. Wildsoet, OD, PhD

Thomas Wu
Class of 2015

Interocular acuity differences alter the spatial frequency tuning of stereopsis.
Mentors: Roger W. Li, PhD and Dennis M. Levi, OD, PhD

Jenny Chang
Class of 2014

Diurnal Pattern of Tear Osmolarity and Its Relationship to Corneal Thickness and Deswelling.
Mentor: Meng C. Lin, OD, PhD

Ashley Craven
Class of 2014

Enhancing Coarse-to-Fine Stereo Vision by Perceptual Learning: An Asymmetric Transfer Across Spatial Frequency Spectrum.
Mentors: Roger W. Li, PhD and Dennis M. Levi, OD, PhD

Jasmine Sima Junge
Class of 2014

The Effect of Letter-Stroke Boldness on Reading Speed in Central and Peripheral Vision.
Mentor: Susana T. L. Chung, OD, PhD

Tiana Leung
Class of 2014

Factors Affecting Corneal Epithelial Permeability.
Mentor: Meng C. Lin, OD, PhD

Glen Ong
Class of 2014

Characterizing Individual Retinal Layer Thickness Changes in Adolescents with Type 1 Diabetes With and Without Retinopathy.
Mentors: Marcus A. Bearse, PhD and Anthony J. Adams, OD, PhD

Truyet Tran
Class of 2014

Enhancing Stereoacuity Through Perceptual Learning in Normal Vision: Specificity for Spatial Frequency and Orientation.
Mentors: Roger W. Li, PhD and Dennis M. Levi, OD, PhD

Jill Yuzuriha
Class of 2014

Refractive Error and Ocular Parameters — Comparison of Two SD-OCT Systems.
Mentors: Lisa A. Ostrin, OD, PhD and Christine F. Wildsoet, OD, PhD

Jing Zeng
Class of 2014

Identifying a Genetic Modifier of Cataracts in Mice.
Mentor: Xiaohua Gong, PhD

Melissa Au-Yeung
Class of 2013

Macular and Retinal Nerve Fiber Layer Thicknesses in Adolescents with Type I Diabetes.
Mentors: Marcus A. Bearse, PhD and Anthony J. Adams, OD, PhD

Jennifer Luu
Class of 2013

Sensitivity to Synchronicity of Biological Motion in Normal and Amblyopic Vision.
Mentor: Dennis M. Levi, OD, PhD

Gregory Wingren
Class of 2013

Integration across Spatial Frequencies for Face Identification.
Mentor: Susana T. L. Chung, OD, PhD

Melanie Akau
Class of 2012

The Mechanism of Word Crowding.
Mentor: Susana T. L. Chung, OD, PhD

Jessie Lee
Class of 2012

Designing & validating novel attention-grabbing accommodative targets
Mentor: Christine F. Wildsoet, OD, PhD

Chelsia Leong
Class of 2012

P. aeruginosa Isolates from SCUT Study (Non-Contact Lens Wearing Population) Reveals Multiple Strain Types, With a Majority of Invasive Strains.
Mentor: Suzanne M. J. Fleiszig, OD, PhD

Charlie Ngo
Class of 2012

Video-Game Play Induces Plasticity in the Visual System of Adults with Amblyopia.
Mentor: Dennis M. Levi, OD, PhD

Melanie Zhang
Class of 2012

Chronic Inflammatory Responses in the Cornea Exhibit Sex-Specific Differences.
Mentor: Karsten Gronert, PhD

Avanti Ghaneka
Class of 2011

P. aeruginosa Isolates from the SCUT Study (Non-Contact Lens Wearing Population) Reveals Multiple Strain Types, with a Majority of Invasive Strains.
Mentor: Suzanne M. J. Fleiszig, OD, PhD

Marianna Mkrtchyan
Class of 2011

Outer Retinal Structure in Patients with Acute Zonal Occult Outer Retinopathy.
Mentor: Austin Roorda, PhD

Lernik Mesropian
Class of 2011

Local Retinal Thickness Abnormalities in Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetic Patients with no Retinopathy.
Mentors: Marcus A. Bearse, PhD and Anthony J. Adams, OD, PhD