Education and Training: B.A.degree, University of South Florida; Doctor of Optometry degree, Southern College of Optometry; Residency Certificate from VA Medical Center, Kansas City, MO, with emphasis in low vision and ocular pathology
Professional Experiences: Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry; member of the Texas Optometric Association and awarded their “Young Optometrist of the Year” and “Molly Armstrong Leadership” Awards; member of the American Optometric Association and has participated on or chaired several national committees including the Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Committee; lectured nationally and internationally on low vision and vision rehabilitation; formerly produced syndicated radio program geared toward persons with low vision and reading disabilities called “Carman and Thompson;” formerly a member and the Chair of the Texas Optometry Board after being Texas Governor appointed twice; Texas Rehabilitation Association “Physician of the Year” Award; published “Talc Retinopathy” article; participated on Independent Review Board reviewing pharmaceutical research studies; served as an investigator in clinical studies
Dr. Chandler obtained her Doctor of Optometry degree from The Ohio State University College of Optometry in 2003. She completed a residency in Binocular Vision and Pediatrics in 2004 from University of Missouri-St. Louis. After her residency, Dr. Chandler returned to The Ohio State University College of Optometry and served as a clinical instructor in Pediatrics/Binocular Vision, the Ohio State School for the Blind Service, and the Primary Care Service. She was a staff optometrist at Nationwide Children’s Hospital Ophthalmology Clinic, where she provided direct patient care and served as a board member for the Ohio Amblyope Registry for over six years. Upon relocating to Jacksonville, Florida, Dr. Chandler worked in the research clinic at Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, where she served as a clinical investigator for over 200 clinical trials, a principal investigator for over 50 trials, and as a medical writer/quality assurance specialist.
In 2016, she joined the University Of Houston College Of Optometry as a Visiting Assistant Professor. She is a co-investigator for the Bifocal Lenses in Nearsighted Kids (BLINK) study, assists in the Pediatric and Strabismus Laboratories for second and third year optometry students, and is a clinical attending in the Family Practice Service.
She is a member of the Texas Optometric Association, American Optometric Association and is currently working on earning her Fellow in the American Academy of Optometry.
Her research and clinical interests include Pediatrics, Amblyopia, Contact Lenses, and Myopia Control.
Dr. Cheng earned both her PhD and OD degrees from the University of Houston, College of Optometry. After graduation, she became an associate in a private practice at Sugarland, Texas. She joined the MacGregor Medical Association in 1999 and practiced optometry there until she became a faculty member at the UH College of Optometry in 2002.
Noninvasive functional and structural evaluation of the visual pathways under normal and pathological conditions.
Primary care, contact lenses, occupational color vision, multifocal visual evoked potential (mfVEP), multifocal electroretinogram (mfERG)
Dr. Coates received his PhD in Vision Science from the University of California, Berkeley in 2015, where he studied letter recognition, peripheral visual perception, and crowding, using psychophysics and computational modeling. After postdoctoral appointments in Belgium and Switzerland studying the relationships between crowding, attention, and appearance, he joined the faculty of UHCO in 2017.
His research and teaching interests include spatial vision, color vision, reading, and statistical and psychophysical methods. He is passionate about the use of open source tools for experimentation, analysis, and learning.
spatial vision, color vision, reading, and statistical and psychophysical methods.
My research involves primarily the study of glycosaminoglycans and proteoglycans in the fields of cornea, cancer, wound healing, stem cells, inflammation, development, spinal cord injury and nerve regeneration. This unique interdisciplinary approach aims to decipher the role of glycosaminoglycans in development and pathology. One of our ongoing projects is to unveil the role of hyaluronan (HA) in ocular surface development and pathology using knockout approaches. We have previously shown that umbilical cord mesenchymal stem cells synthesize a rich extracellular HA modified glycocalyx that regulates inflammatory cells enabling these cells to survive xenograft rejection. We are currently developing umbilical cord mesenchymal stem cells and their hyaluronan rich glycocalyx for treating inflammatory disorders.