Histology tissue
H. Roehrich, Histology Core for Vision Research, University of Minnesota: Immunostained RPE cells derived from iPSC cells

Research Staff Directory

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Joshua Hou, M.D., Medical Director

Dr. Hou graduated summa cum laude from Duke University in 2005 with a B.S. in chemistry and minors in mathematics and religion. He received his M.D. from Washington University School of Medicine in Saint Louis and completed an ophthalmology residency and fellowship in Cornea & External Diseases at the University of Illinois Eye & Ear Infirmary. He is an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Minnesota with the Cornea Service and serves as the Medical Director of Lions Gift of Sight.

Ching Yuan, Ph.D., Research & Development Director

Dr. Ching Yuan  was previously a faculty member at University of Minnesota and a corneal researcher who is well-published in the field of corneal wound healing and limbal stem cell research. When Lions Gift of Sight created their Research and Development program, they were fortunate to recruit Dr. Yuan as director.

Peter Bedard, M.S., Research Scientist

Peter is a biomedical engineer with extensive eye banking experience. He has processed more than 1,000 corneas for transplant over his 15+ years at Lions Gift of Sight. He is equal parts designer, engineer, and analyst. Tissue evaluation, cell culture, data analysis, and algorithm development are in his wheelhouse, but LGS’s mission drives his interest in research and development.

Sung Lee, B.Sc., Research Scientist

Sung is a research scientist with more than 8 years of experience in eye banking. Having performed thousands of tissue dissections and imaging, he has in-depth knowledge of donor screening, tissue processing, and evaluation.

Paul Hill, Research Scientist

The newest member of the research team, Paul perviously served as an eye recovery technician for Lions Gift of Sight. He also has experience with the University of Minnesota's Anatomy Bequest (whole body donation) program and holds a degree in Mortuary Science.

Client Testimonials

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Bradley D. Gelfand, Ph.D.

The experienced staff of Lions Gift of Sight has been attentive to our tissue requests, timely in providing postmortem-to-preservation and preservation-to-delivery times. We consider Lions Gift of Sight an indispensable resource for our research.

Assistant Professor, Ophthalmology, Center for Advanced Vision Science, University of Virginia

Jian-xing (Jay) Ma, M.D., Ph.D.

We really appreciate the histological support from Lions GIft of Sight. Their service is efficient, high quality, and provides great support for my research projects.

Chairman, Department of Physiology. Director for Research, Harold Hamm Diabetes Center, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

Deobrah A. Ferrington, Ph.D.

Lions Gift of Sight provides excellent service in supplying eye tissue for research along with exceptional fundus photographs.

Professor and Director of Research, Distinguished McKnight University Professor. Elaine and Robert Larson Endowed Vision Research Chair, Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Neurosciences, University of Minnesota