OCAST Program Seeds Innovative Eye Research
To the untrained eye, the image flashing on the computer screen in a small laboratory at the Dean McGee Eye Institute could have been a color-coded map. Or a weather radar screen reflecting a blizzard blowing through.
It was neither.
The image shown was that of a retina, specially prepared under a microscope to reveal cells and blood vessels, said Jami Gurley, Ph.D., a postdoctoral research assistant in the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.
The Dean McGee Eye Institute is home to OU’s Department of Ophthalmology and conducts training programs for medical students, residents and clinical fellows.
Gurley works in the research laboratory of Michael Elliott, Ph.D., associate professor at the OU Health Sciences Center. She was among the first four recipients of the Oklahoma Health Research Postdoctoral Fellowship, a new program launched in 2018 by the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology (OCAST).
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