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)
Yuzo Chino, Ph.D. is Professor of Vision Sciences in the College of Optometry at the University of Houston. Dr. Chino joined the College of Optometry in 1988, and prior to that, was a faculty member at the Illinois College of Optometry following completion of his Ph.D. in 1973. His research interest is centered around the visual system development and plasticity in the visual brain and the effects of abnormal visual experience on the postnatal development of binocular functions. An internationally-recognized vision scientist, Dr. Chino has received continuous support from the National Eye Institute since 1975 for his work entitled ""Amblyopia."" After moving to the United States in 1965, he completed a BS degree at St. Norbert College in DePere, Wisconsin. In 1973, he obtained a Ph.D. from Syracuse University in Syracuse New York. A current member of the research Council of the University of Houston, Dr. Chino's articles and papers frequently appear in leading scientific journals. In addition to his research, Dr. Chino continues to teach and mentor candidates in UHCO's Graduate program in addition to teaching Neuroanatomy and Neurophysiology to first-year optometry students.
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.