My research focus is to understand ocular homeostasis and to characterize the host response to environmental stress and disease progression using mass spectrometry-based omics tools. These tools include crosslinking mass spectrometry, proteomics, lipidomics, metabolomics, and glycomics. Using these tools, we are mapping the proteome-wide interactions (interactome) of the ocular surface at a molecular level. Specifically, my research interests are: 1) to characterize the ocular homeostasis at the proteome, metabolome, and microbiome level with a focus on tear film; 2) to determine the effect of environmental stress on ocular homeostasis with a focus on contact lens wear; 3) to understand the molecular mechanisms involving contact lenses related complications with a focus on infection and dry eye, and 4) to develop novel contact lens-based ophthalmic therapeutics
Dr. Sam Quintero received his optometric training at the University of Houston College of Optometry. After receiving his doctorate in 1972, he joined the faculty of the University of Houston College of Optometry. Dr. Quintero served as the Chair of the Department of Clinical Sciences at the University of Houston College of Optometry from 2004 to 2008. He is certified as a Therapeutic Optometrist and his interests and areas of teaching include contact lens practice, diagnosis and management of ocular disease and laser and other refractive procedures, refractive anomalies, practice management, critical thinking and clinical techniques. Dr. Quintero is Head of Research for the Texas Eye Research and Technology Center (TERTC) at the University of Houston College of Optometry. Dr. Quintero is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and has served as Chair of the Section on Optometric Education for the American Academy of Optometry. He is Chair of the Practice Management Educators SIG for the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry. He is a member of the Texas Optometric Association and also a member of the American Optometric Association. He serves on several task forces for the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO). He has been recognized for his contributions to education by the Texas Optometric Association having received the Educator of the Year Award in 2005. He was also recognized for his contributions to the American Academy of Optometry, receiving the Eminent Service Award in 1998. In addition to his academic interests, Dr. Quintero maintains an active private practice in Houston, Texas.
Primary Care Optometry, clinical techniques, critical thinking and practice management.
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