Paul Yates Ophthalmology Research Lab

The Ophthalmology Research Laboratory is run by Paul A. Yates, M.D., Ph.D and focuses on both translational and basic research into the development and regulation of retinal blood vessel and retinal ganglion cell growth which leads to many eye diseases such as retinopathy of prematurity, diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration. We are interested in creating new approaches for treatment of these blinding diseases.


Paul A. Yates, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Paul Yates is an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and retinal specialist at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, Department of Ophthalmology.

Fellowship: Vitreoretinal Surgery, Tufts University
Residency: Ophthalmology, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
M.D./Ph.D: University of California School of Medicine, San Diego

Tom Mendel, MSTP student


Tom Mendel completed his B.S. in Economics at Duke University. Now, he is a fourth-year graduate student in the Medical Scientist Training Program (M.D./Ph.D) at UVA. His work is focused on the use of adipose-derived stem cells for the treatment of diabetic retinopathy.

Alex Guendel, B.S.
Alex Guendel

Alex Guendel is a 2013 Biomedical Engineering graduate from UVA. He is currently investigating the mesenchymal stem cell characteristics of endogenous perivascular cells in the retina and their role in retinal disease.
Janice Park, undergrad

Janice Park is a third-year undergraduate researcher majoring in Biology. She is studying the involvement of the immune system in retinal ganglion cell (RGC) growth in the superior colliculus of mice.




Brenden Zotter, MSTP student at NYU
Erin Clabough, Ph.D.
David Kao
Ken Tran, medical student at Stanford University
Ravi Katari